NWGA Scanner | May 25th, 2021
According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, on May 9th, 2021, at approximately 12:45 AM, Trooper Ballard was patrolling on State Route 1 (Highway 27) in the area of South Main Street in Walker County. Trooper Ballard reported, “[I] observed a black Nissan Altima traveling north at a high rate of speed. [I] activated my patrol vehicle’s radar unit and checked the Nissan Altima traveling 60 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone.” The trooper initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver Jonathan Holsopple, 22, of LaFayette. Trooper Ballard reported, “While speaking with Mr. Holsopple [I] observed him have slurred speech and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. While observing his appearance, [I] noticed he had watery, bloodshot eyes. [I] then asked him how much he has had to drink, and he stated he drank approximately 3 16 ounce beers while attending a concert in Rome, Georgia.” The trooper questioned him about the amount of alcohol that he had consumed, and he stated that he drank approximately four beers while mowing the yard and then approximately four more while attending the concert. The trooper received all six clues of horizontal gaze nystagmus, and he tested positive for alcohol on the alco-sensor. Holsopple was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to give a sample of his blood. Holsopple was transported to the Walker County Jail, charged with speeding and DUI.