NWGA Scanner | February 3rd, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Sunday, January 31st, 2021, at approximately 6:30 PM, A deputy was sitting stationary in the area of Lafayette Road at McArthur Road. At this time, the deputy reported it was raining, and the roadway was wet. The deputy observed a gray in color Chevrolet Cruze with a Georgia tag traveling at a high rate of speed north on Lafayette Road. The vehicle was estimated to be going approximately 85 mph in the 55 mph zone. When the deputy got behind the vehicle, it slowed to approximately 25 mph on Lafayette Road. The deputy observed the vehicle fail to maintain its lane once they were north of Dunnagan Road. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle at Utility Road. The deputy made contact with the driver, Ryan McGill, 18 of LaFayette, front-seat passenger, April Lingerfelt, 21 of Rossville, and back seat passenger (small juvenile). The deputy had McGill step out of the vehicle and could smell an odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his person. When asked, McGill stated he had not consumed any alcoholic beverages. The deputy also smelled an odor of marijuana emitting from him. McGill also stated he had not consumed any marijuana. When the deputy asked for McGill for his driver’s license, he stated he did not have a license due to a previous arrest for DUI. McGill produced a Georgia ID card. Dispatch confirmed through GCIC that McGill’s driver’s license was suspended. McGill agreed to perform some Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. During the tests, McGill advised deputies he had smoked marijuana approximately 2-3 hours before and also advised he had one 16-ounce Budweiser beer. While deputies were interacting with McGill, Sgt. Pierce observed the small juvenile was improperly restrained in his child safety seat. The seat itself was also not securely strapped into the vehicle ether. Sgt. Pierce was able to move the seat from side to side with little effort.
McGill then stated he drank four 16 ounce Budweiser’s approximately two hours earlier. McGill was then placed under arrest for DUI. McGill was read Implied Consent Notice for Suspects Under Age 21. Mr. McGill consented to the state-administered chemical test. McGill was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a .101 on the state chemical test of McGill’s breath. McGill was charged with too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane, driving while license suspended, child safety seat violation, DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol, Under 21 Years Old, and DUI-child endangerment.