NWGA Scanner | June 10th, 2021

Resaca man arrested for DUI after driving into oncoming traffic on South Dixie Highway

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on June 5th, 2021, at around 7:48 PM, while stationary on South Dixie Highway near Curtis Road, Deputy Crosby observed the listed Ford Ranger travel South on South Dixie Highway. According to the report, “the vehicle failed to maintain its lane by swerving into the oncoming lane and breaking abruptly to avoid going into the opposite lane any further. The driver honked the horn as it passed Deputy Crosby’s position and continued south.” The deputy got behind the vehicle, which continued to swerve, crossing the double yellow line and the southbound fog line. The driver, later identified as Harold Brock, 62, Resaca, immediately stepped out of the vehicle and stated he was going to his house. According to the report, “Deputy Crosby instructed him to remain in his vehicle, which he complied. Deputy Crosby approached the vehicle and could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the passenger cab. Deputy Crosby asked if Mr. Brock was okay and he stated he was but quickly advised he had not been drinking. Deputy Crosby advised him of the reason for the stop, and he stated he did not know he had swerved into the other lane of travel.” Once out of the vehicle, the deputy smelled the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Brock’s breath and person. Brock’s eyes were glassy, and he would sway from side to side while standing, according to the deputy. During field sobriety testing Brock could not maintain his balance and stated he was done. Brock advised he did not want to continue the tests and was then placed under arrest for DUI. When asked, Mr. Brock advised he had drunk a pint of vodka earlier. Brock was read the implied consent notice and agreed to give a breath sample. Brock was then transported to Whitfield County Jail. According to the report, “While en route, Mr. Brock advised Deputy Crosby that he is a good man and thanked him for what he does and for arresting him. Mr. Brock also apologized for what had happened.” While at the jail, Brock provided an alcohol concentration of 0.235 grams on the state test. Brock was charged with DUI alcohol 0.08 grams or more and failure to maintain lane.