NWGA Scanner | January 18th, 2021

Rome man arrested after crashing into a house while DUI on Christmas Eve

According to a Rome Police Department incident report, On Thursday, December 24th, 2020, at approximately 4:57 PM, Officer Bridges responded to a vehicle crash at the intersection of Old Airport Road and West Butler Street. The initial officer advised that the driver of the vehicle that crashed was possibly intoxicated. Officer Bridges arrived and observed a silver in color GMC Sierra truck that struck a house located on Old Airport Road. Officer Bridges began speaking to the driver identified as Timothy Searcy, 32, of Rome. Search advised he was driving the truck. Officer Bridges reported, “While speaking with him, [I] could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person and breath. While walking back to my patrol vehicle and listening to him talk on the cell phone, [I] observed that he was unsteady on his feet while walking and could hear slurred speech coming from Mr. Searcy.” Officer Bridges performed a Field Sobriety task on Searcy to much sure he was ok to be driving. Officer Bridges reported, “[I] asked him if he had any alcoholic beverages, and he admitted to having approximately two beers (Tall Bud Light) about an hour ago.” Searcy showed several clues of impairment during the testing. He agreed to the PBT and tested positive for alcohol showing a BrAC of .093. Searcy was placed under arrest for DUI and read Georgia Implied Consent, where he agreed to a breath test. At the Rome Police Department, Searcy blew a .149. Searcy was then transported to Floyd County Jail charged with DUI-driving under the influence of 0.08 grams or more and open container.