NWGA Scanner | January 6th, 2022

Man arrested for DUI after call of suspicious vehicle in Catoosa County

According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on December 30th, 2021, at approximately 10:05 PM, Deputy Henry responded to Hargraves Road in reference to a suspicious silver Dodge SUV sitting in front of different residences. According to the report, “As Deputy Henry was patrolling Hargraves Road, he noticed a vehicle matching the description traveling south on Pine Hill Drive and failing to maintain their lane by driving into both lanes of travel. Deputy Henry initiated a traffic stop causing the vehicle to come to a complete stop in the parking lot of Wilson’s funeral home located on West Cloud Springs Road. Deputy Henry later found out that the registration on the vehicle (RXF5906) did not return to that vehicle and belonged to a 1979 Chevrolet C6500.” The deputy made contact with the driver John Louis Turner, 44, and asked why he was sitting in front of different houses. John stated that he was looking for a girl in the area but did not know where she lived. According to the report, “While speaking with John, Deputy Henry noticed he had red eyes and also had constricted pupils (consistent with recent drug use). Deputy Henry also noticed that John was slow to react when asked a question. Deputy Henry asked John if he had taken any illegal substances recently, which he stated that he did not. John refused consent to search his vehicle. During field sobriety testing, John showed several clues of impairment. According to the report, “Lieutenant Lawson also arrived on scene and performed ARIDE on the offender. At the conclusion of the test, Lieutenant Lawson advised that he did notice a lack of convergence. Pupils were constricted. Lieutenant Lawson performed the Modified Rhomberg test and advised the offender stopped at 20 seconds. Later, John did admit that he had recently used methadone.” John then refused the state test for his blood. John was transported to the Catoosa Jail, charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane, and registration violation. While conducting a vehicle inventory, Deputies noticed multiple syringes and aluminum foil wrappings inside and on the driver-side floorboard of the vehicle that was sitting in plain view.