NWGA Scanner | July 11th, 2022
According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, On July 2nd, 2022, at 10:52 PM, Officer Newport was traveling in the area of Highway 411 near the interchange when he observed a black Dodge Charger abruptly change lanes without signaling. The vehicle then accelerated and began traveling west on 411 and continued onto SR 27 near E Second Ave SW. The Charger was paced at speeds of approximately 80 mph in a 50 mph zone. The officer then observed the vehicle fail to maintain its lane as it continued traveling at a high rate of speed. Officer Newport conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Marcos Juan, 25, of Rome. Officer Newport reported, “[I] could smell a strong odor of marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle. [I] observed Mr. Juan’s had glassy, bloodshot eyes and was slurring his speech as [I] spoke with him. [I] informed Mr. Juan that [I] could smell the odor of marijuana coming from his vehicle, and he stated that he had just got done smoking a joint.” The officer observed what appeared to be small amounts of marijuana “shake” on Mr. Juan’s pants. After further questioning, Juan stated that he had smoked the marijuana while driving from Cartersville to Floyd County. As Juan was speaking, the officer could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. Juan stated that he only had had one margarita prior to driving. During field sobriety testing, Juan showed several signs of impairment and was placed under arrest for DUI. Juan agreed to the state testing of his blood. Once Juan arrived at the Floyd County Jail, he withdrew his consent for blood and refused testing stating, “just take me to jail.” Juan was booked into the Floyd County Jail, charged with DUI multiple substances, speeding, improper lane change, and failure to maintain a single lane.