NWGA Scanner | July 8th, 2021

Rome man arrested for DUI after driving too fast and crashing on Burnett Ferry Road in Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on June 24th, 2021, at around 5:34 PM, Officer Doan responded to 1546 Burnett Ferry Road in reference to a single-vehicle crash. Officer Doan reported, “Upon arrival to the scene, [I] was able to observe a yellow Toyota MR-2 stuck in the ditch on the right-hand side of the South Bound lane of travel. [I] proceeded to ask the driver (Timothy Wayne Watson, 48, of Rome) what had happened to cause him to wreck, to which he replied that “he was just driving normally and the thing just kicked out, and he tried to correct it, but it went into a tailspin”. Due to my knowledge of vehicles and experience in working with various different motor vehicle accidents, [I] was able to determine that his vehicle did not “just kick out” due to it being a mid-engine vehicle with 138 horsepower. The mid-engine MR-2 has a vast majority of its weight in the rear of the vehicle, which provides extra weight on the rear axles/wheels, which means that a “tailspin” is incredibly unlikely. [I] then examined the skid marks from the vehicle’s path of travel, and in doing so, [I] observed no evidence of a “tailspin” due to the markings on the roadway indicating that the vehicle had done several swerves left to right over both lanes of travel which were approximately 500 feet long.” According to the report, While continuing to speak with Watson, the officer was able to smell an odor of alcoholic beverages being emitted from him. Watson then stated that the “roads were very slick” however, it had not rained, according to the officer. A witness asked Watson if he had been drinking, to which he advised him that he had been. Watson then advised the officer that he had been drinking and agreed to performed roadside evaluations. Watson stated that he would do a “breath side evaluation” however the officer advised him that he did not have one. Watson showed several clues of impairment during field sobriety tests. Watson was then agreed to taking the state blood test. Officer Doan reported, “His wife who was on scene and in doing so, [I] was advised that he usually drinks 4-6 Bud Lights and that he has a drinking problem that he needs help with.” Another witness stated that Watson topped the hill at a very high rate of speed and went into the oncoming lane of travel. He then corrected back into his lane slightly and then into the oncoming lane several times until finally hitting the culvert on the driveway of 1556 Burnett Ferry Road. Mr. Barnes then stated that his vehicle went slightly airborne, rotated 180 degrees and landed on the opposite side of the driveway where he then hit the mailboxes and came to a stop. Watson was transported to Floyd County Jail, charged with failure to maintain lane, driving on the wrong side of roadway, too fast for conditions (basic rules), DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol. Officer Doan reported, “While at Floyd, Mr. Watson admitted from his own free will to having drunk 4-5 beers and a few sips of other substances while at his friend’s house prior to driving.