NWGA Scanner | July 12th, 2021

Rome man arrested after 14-year-old found driving drunk and giving alcohol to minors in Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on June 25th, 2021, at around 11:38 PM, Sgt. Wade was sitting on Warren Road observing traffic. Sgt. Wade reported, “[I] observed a vehicle approaching my location, and [I] observed him fail to maintain his lane of travel by crossing over the fog line. After the vehicle passed by my location, [I] observed three people in the bed of the truck, at which time [I] pulled out and got behind the vehicle. Once behind the vehicle, [I] observed the vehicle again fail to maintain their lane of travel by driving over the fog line, almost striking a mailbox at the intersection of Warren Road and Old Dalton Road. The vehicle made a wide right turn onto Old Dalton Road again, failing to maintain their lane of travel by driving on the wrong side of the roadway.” The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on Old Dalton Road near Sylvan Road. Sgt. Wade made contact with the driver, who was identified as a 14-year-old who stated he did not have a license. The juvenile stated that he was only driving because the front seat passenger Will Martin Hudgins, 34, of Rome, had been drinking as well. The 14-year-old driver advised Officer Doan that they had all been over at Hudgins’s house per invitation for a party. He stated that when they arrived, Jack Daniels and other alcoholic beverages were already at home and were provided to them by Hudgins. Sgt. Wade then spoke with all the kids in the back of the single cab truck. Sgt. Wade reported, “[I] observed a juvenile female sitting in the floorboard area of the truck who was obviously extremely intoxicated due to her mannerisms and excessive crying.” Sgt. Wade asked the 14-year-old driver if they were partying at the house on Hatfield that officers had just left and received several 911 calls about. The juvenile stated yes to, but the other juvenile quickly interjected, saying no, they were somewhere else. Sgt. Wade reported, “It was apparent that all of the juveniles were highly intoxicated, including the 14-year-old who was driving. This was manifested by their mannerisms. All juveniles admitted to consuming alcohol and were tested with a roadside BAC with everybody testing positive for the presence of alcohol.” The 14-year-old who was driving when he was tested with a roadside BAC blew above a .08. Due to juveniles all admitting that Hudgins was providing them alcohol, he was also arrested along with the 14-year-old. Sgt. Wade reported, “It was apparent that Hudgins had provided them alcohol and even with the 14-year-old being under the influence of alcohol encouraged the juvenile to drive a single cab truck (three-seater vehicle) occupying six total people placing them in danger of receiving serious injury.” Parents were contacted to come and take custody of all their drunk children. The 14-year-old tested showed BAC well above the legal limit on the state breath test. All juveniles were charged with underage possession of alcohol, written citations as well as a Juvenile Complaint form that was filled out. Hudgins was booked into the Floyd County Jail, charged with underage furnishing of alcohol x5, permitting an unlicensed person to drive, reckless conduct x5, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, x4. According to the report, each juvenile gave a breath sample on Officer Sangphim’s portable AlcoSensor. All juveniles showed positive with results of 14-year-old .093 BAC, 15-year-old .163 BAC, 14-year-old .153 BAC, 16-year-old .101 BAC, and 18-year-old .147 BAC.