NWGA Scanner | September 20th, 2022
According to a Rossville Police Department incident report, on September 13th, 2022, at 2:05 AM, Officer Thomason was on McFarland Avenue when he observed the driver of a 2015 Ford F-150 holding his cell phone in his right hand in front of him while driving. The driver, later identified as John Glenn Bird, 60, of Rock Spring, failed to maintain a single lane on Spring Street, Clark Street, and Crest Road. Officer Thomason initiated a traffic stop on Chickamauga Avenue. Officer Thomason reported, “[I] made contact with Mr. Bird and observed an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person. When [I] asked for his license, he stated he did not have it. Mr. Bird then made the statement that he knew he was not keeping his truck in his lane. [I] asked about his cell phone, and Mr. Bird admitted to driving distracted.” During field sobriety tests, Bird Showed several signs of impairment and showed a BAC of .089 on a PBT. Bird was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state test. Sgt. Carter and Officer Thomason began an inventory of the vehicle and marijuana in it, along with two individually packaged THC gummies. Officers also located a large amount pills packaged for resale and over $400 in cash. Bird then began screaming from the back of the patrol vehicle that he now had a heart attack. EMS was called and stated he had no health issues. Bird was booked into the Walker County Jail, charged with violation of probation – felony,
manufacture/deliver/distribute or possess w/ intent to distribute controlled substance-schedule I, possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance w/ intent to distribute, possession of a schedule I controlled substance, improper lane change/failure to maintain lane, failure to exercise due care when using cell phone/radio, and DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol.