NWGA Scanner | February 1st, 2021
According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on January 23rd, 2021, at approximately 11:35 PM, deputies with the community crime prevention unit were sitting stationary in the parking lot of Resaca First Baptist Church. A deputy observed a black GMC Sonoma with no tag travel into the church parking lot from Dixie Street. When the driver saw the deputy marked patrol vehicle, he immediately turned around and began traveling back south on Dixie Street. The sergeant activated his blue lights and attempted to initiate a traffic stop as the vehicle turned on to Causby Lane. The deputy continued following the vehicle and advised dispatch that it appeared that the vehicle was fleeing. Once on Causby Lane, the vehicle acted as if it was stopping then immediately accelerated. The vehicle eventually stopped. The deputies approached the vehicle and removed the driver and passenger of the vehicle. The driver was identified as Anthony Abernathy, and the passenger was identified as Hunter Hammitt. Abernathy stated that he had put a new clutch in the truck, and he was test driving it. Abernathy also stated that he did not notice the deputy’s blue lights. While speaking with Abernathy, the deputies noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person. They also observed that Abernathy’s eyes appeared bloodshot, and his speech seemed to be slurred. While speaking with Abernathy multiple times, it seemed as if he zoned out and became confused. When advised that he was free to go, Hammitt walked home. A deputy performed standardized field sobriety tests and advised the sergeant that he believed Abernathy was driving under the influence of alcohol. Abernathy was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. Abernathy was read Georgia Implied Consent for persons over the age of 21 and agreed to the breath test. Once at the Gordon County Jail, a deputy used the intoxilyzer that showed that Abernathy’s BAC was .092. Abernathy was charged with DUI- driving under the influence of alcohol, operating a vehicle with no tag, and operating a vehicle with no insurance.