NWGA Scanner | July 16th, 2022

Ohio man arrested after failing to mover over for Whitfield County deputy changing tire on I-75

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident, On June 27th, 2022, at 2:59 PM, Deputy Dennison was sitting stationary at 339 I-75 northbound, assisting a family with changing a flat tire on their vehicle. According to the report, “Deputy Dennison had his emergency lights activated while sitting on the side of the road. Deputy Dennison observed a vehicle in the lane immediately adjacent to him fail to move over into the other lane. The lane next to the vehicle was completely clear, and the vehicle had every opportunity to change lanes.” Deputy Dennison initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver Federick Christopher Bryant, 44, of Cincinnati, Ohio. Bryant advised the deputy he did not have a valid license and that it was suspended. The deputy was able to confirm that Bryant was suspended and also had multiple active warrants for his arrest. According to the report, “Deputy Dennison verified the warrants with dispatch, and dispatch advised Deputy Dennison that the warrants were not able to be extradited.” The deputy could also smell the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Bryant was to have bloodshot eyes, which is consistent with marijuana use. Bryant stated that he had smoked several hours prior to the traffic stop but was later determined not to be under the influence of anything. Tunnel Hill Police Department Chief Ryder assisted with the traffic stop as well. Bryant was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with the procedure for passing stationary emergency vehicles (move over law) and driving with a suspended license.