NWGA Scanner | March 22nd, 2022

Rome man arrested after for DUI after being observed by Floyd County officers driving aggressive and reckless

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, On March 4th, 2022, at 8:36 PM, Officer Stanfield was traveling south on North Broad when he observed a black SUV turn right into the the outside lane. Officer Stanfield reported “[I] then observed a white car in front of the black SUV turn in front of it. The black SUV then turned back into the inside lane. [I] observed the white vehicle jerk into the inside lane as well in what appeared to be an attempt to keep the black SUV from traveling in the direction it was attempting to travel. Due to this [I] conducted a traffic stop on the white passenger car. [I] made contact with Christopher Lane Sides, 22, of Rome, (driver of the white passenger car) and driver of the black SUV.” the driver asked the driver of the black SUV what was going on and why Sides was trying to keep her from driving down the road. She stated that they had been in an argument and she was going to her parent’s home, but Sides did not want her to do that. Officer Stanfield reported, “[I] spoke with Sides at this time and could smell a faint odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. [I] also observed Sides to have blood on the inside of his mouth. When asked about it, Sides stated he did not know why his mouth was bleeding. Due to the driving behavior and the odor of the alcoholic beverage coming from his person, [I] instructed Sides to exit the vehicle. Once Sides was out of the vehicle, [I] was able to smell a faint odor of alcohol coming from his person. [I] continued with Sides by asking why he was preventing Butler from being able to get to where she was heading, but Sides stated that was not what he was trying to do. [I] informed Sides that I saw what he was doing and that it was on camera. Officer Carrington also advised that he saw Sides trying to jump out of the car as well.” The female also advised she believed Sides had been drinking. Sides stated to officers that he only had two of the liquor shots that are bought from the store. During field sobriety tests, Sides showed several signs of impairment and showed the presence of alcohol on a PBT. Sides was then placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state blood draw. Sides was then transported to the Floyd County Jail, where he was charged with aggressive driving, reckless driving, and DUI.