NWGA Scanner | February 27th, 2022

Rome man arrested for DUI after Floyd County officer comes upon broken down vehicle in the middle of the roadway

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on February 12th, 2022, at 12:26 AM, Officer Tetsworth was driving to a loud music complaint in Armuchee. Officer Tetsworth reported, “[I] was driving on Veterans Memorial Blvd, and turning on to the Armuchee Connector when [I] observed a white 1998 Toyota Camry sitting in the middle of the road. [I] turned informed dispatch of the broken down vehicle, exited my vehicle, and made contact with the driver, Darren Z Holt, 31, of Rome. Mr. Holt stated that his vehicle had broken down in the middle of the road. [I] helped him push it out of the road onto the Rome Braves parking lot. While assisting Mr. Holt [I] detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage and observed open containers in the front passenger seat of his vehicle.” The officer asked for Holt’s license and then went to his patrol vehicle to grab his department-issued alco-sensor. The alco-sensor detected the presence of alcohol on Holt’s breath. While speaking with Holt, the officer reported that his eyes were red and glassy. Holt’s speaking was coherent, and his balance seemed fair. Holt stated that he drinks at work and that he was coming home from work but felt fine. Officer Boatfield arrived and performed standardized field sobriety on Holt. During the field sobriety test, Holt showed several signs of alcohol impairment. Holt was then placed under arrest and read Georgia Implied Consent for blood which he agreed to. Holt was transported to the Floyd County Jail charged with DUI.