NWGA Scanner | December 23rd, 2021
According to a Walker County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Saturday, December 18th, 2021, at around 11:23 PM, Deputies responded to north Highway 27 in Chickamauga in reference to a BOLO regarding a possible intoxicated driver. The concerned motorist caller reported the vehicle had nearly run him off the roadway and was driving all over the roadway, failing to maintain a single lane. The concerned motorist also reported the driver had pulled into the Food Lion and appeared to be urinating in the parking lot. Deputy Small was at the red light when he observed the 2012 Ford Fusion immediately failing to maintain its lane of travel while traveling south on Highway 27. Deputy Small reported, “[I] initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at the intersection of Highway 27 and Gordon Lee Mill Road activating my emergency blue lights and siren.” The deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Casey White, 52, of LaFayette. Deputy Small reported, “[I] could smell the strong odor of burnt marijuana and alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. There was also an open bud light can inside the vehicle.” Casey advised he was coming from a party where he was the bartender, according to the report. During Standard Field Sobriety Testing (HGN), Casey showed several clues of impairment. According to the report, Casey also gave a verbal admission that he had been drinking while driving. He also showed a BAC of .098 on a portable breath test. Casey refused implied consent and was placed under arrest for DUI driving under the influence of multiple substances. Deputy Hegwood transported Casey to the Walker County Jail charged with possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, possession of marijuana, open container, failure to maintain lane, and DUI-driving under the influence of multiple substances.