NWGA Scanner | March 2nd, 2022
According to a Walker County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on February 7th, 2022, at 11:30 PM, Deputy Small was actively paroling the area of Highway 136 and Highway 201 when he observed a Silver Chrysler 200, fail to maintain it’s lane of travel twice. Deputy Small reported, “Once on Highway 136 then again while turning north on Highway 201, the vehicle was in the southbound lane of travel when it turned onto Highway 201. [I] initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle activating my emergency blue and white lights and siren.” The deputy approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver River Lee Thompson, of LaFayette. The deputy advised Thompson of the reason for the stop. Deputy Small reported, “[I] could see Mr. Thompson’s eyes were bloodshot and had delayed responses to my questions. Mr. Thompson advised me he was heading to Calhoun from LaFayette. When [I] told Mr. Thompson the direction he turned was towards Dalton and if he had continued straight then he would have been heading towards Calhoun. Mr. Thompson hesitated for about 5 seconds before he responded that he decided to turn into the gas station to get something to drink, due to my training knowledge and experience [I] believed Mr. Thompson may be under the influence of marijuana.” The deputy then located a large bag of marijuana. Thompson then advised that there was a bag of marijuana and a scale in this center console as well. According to the report, Thompson then advised that he had smoked a joint by himself prior to driving. Thompson was placed under arrest and agreed to the state test of his blood. Thompson was transported to the Walker County Jail, charged with possession of marijuana, DUI drugs, improper lane change, and possession of drug-related objects.