NWGA Scanner | March 20th, 2022

LaFayette man arrested for DUI after admitting to driving while high on marijuana during traffic stop in Chattooga County

According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on March 8th, 2022, at 1:25 AM, Deputy Wilks was patrolling the area of Sloppy Floyd Road when he observed a silver in color Ford F-150 without any tag lights illuminating the tag, and a none working passenger side break light. Deputy Wilks reported, “[I] initiated my emergency lights and came to a final stop at Wayside Baptist church parking lot. Approaching the vehicle on the driver’s side [I] smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana emanating from inside of the vehicle. Initial contact with the driver [I] noticed the subject’s eyes to be bloodshot and having squinted eyelids.” The driver was identified as Andrew Glenn Gilbreath, 32, of LaFayette. According to the report, “Gilbreath stated that he just got off work wad was heading to Villianow. Due to the strong odor of burnt marijuana Deputy Wilks asked the driver to step out of the vehicle. Speaking with the driver he did admit to smoking marijuana 30 minutes prior to driving his tuck. He agreed to voluntary field sobriety and several clues of impairment were observed. During field sobriety a mumbled speech, slow movement, and strong odor of burnt marijuana were observed coming from the person. Gilbreath said by his own spontaneous utterance that he knew he messed up and that he was under the influence of marijuana.” Gilbreath refused the state implied consent. Three separate plastic baggies containing marijuana, and rolling papers were found inside the vehicle. Gilbreath was transported to the Chattooga County Jail, charged with defective without break light, no tags lights, and DUI-Drugs.