NWGA Scanner | April 10th, 2022

Rome man arrested again for DUI after nearly hitting GSP trooper head-on on Highway 27 in Floyd County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On Sunday, March 20th, 2022, at 1:26 AM, Cadet Justin Harp, and TFC Sanders, were patrolling southbound on GA 1 near Ashley Oaks Trail. When they noticed a vehicle with its headlights on approaching them in the wrong lane of travel. Cadet Justin Harp reported, “The vehicle was traveling north in the left southbound lane. We observed the vehicle travel into the right southbound lane before hitting us and pass our patrol vehicle. Trooper Sanders activated his emergency equipment and turned around to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle was identified as a Chevy Tahoe while it was turning into the Pasquale’s parking lot. After performing a traffic stop, [I] approached the passenger side door and asked the driver what he was doing. The driver stated he was told by Floyd County Police to move his vehicle due to it being parked in the middle of the road.” The driver, identified as Timothy Morris Williams Jr., 25, of Rome, stated he thought he was traveling in the center turn lane. Trooper Sanders approached the driver’s side and began speaking with Williams, and noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. According to the report, “Trooper Sanders asked Mr. Williams when the last time was, he had smoked marijuana, and Mr. Williams stated, “I smoked yesterday. At which point, Trooper Sanders asked him to stick out his tongue and noticed it was coated in a green tint, which is an indicator of recent marijuana use. Trooper Sanders advised him that he knew he was smoking in the establishment (club) that he had just left. Mr. Williams stated, “everyone is smoking in there”. During Field Sobriety Tests, Williams showed several clues of impairment. Williams refused implied consent and was transported to the Floyd County Jail, charged with DUI. According to Floyd County Police Department reports, Williams was arrested in May 2021 for DUI after leading an officer on a brief pursuit ending in a crash.