NWGA Scanner | February 21st, 2022

Rome man arrested for DUI after turning in front of Floyd County Police Department nearly causing crash

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on February 13th, 2022, at 2:33 AM, Officer Masciovecchio was traveling to his residence after finishing my patrol shift for the day still in his marked Floyd County Police Vehicle and still in full Floyd County Police uniform. Officer Masciovecchio reported, “As [I] was traveling east on Braves Blvd. in front of the Rome Braves Stadium and as [I] approached the intersection of Short Stop Way, [I] observed a Black Ram pick up truck stop at the stop sign on Short Stop Way before attempting to turn right on Braves Blvd. [I] began to travel through the intersection. The Ram pickup began turning out in front of me. [I] had to drive into the opposite turn lane to avoid running into the pickup truck. The pickup truck continued its turn and continued traveling on braves Blvd. [I] got behind the pickup truck and activated my patrol vehicle’s emergency blue lights to initiate a traffic stop. The pickup truck yielded and [I] then approached the vehicle to speak with the driver.” The driver, identified as Blaine Kenneth Valentine, 21, of Rome, was asked if he knew why he was stopped. Blaine stated “I have a feeling that I have a feeling.” The officer asked if he did not see him before turning, and he stated, “I kind of did, but felt like I could make it.” Officer Masciovecchio reported, “During this initial conversation with Blaine, [I] could not smell any alcohol, however [I] had reason to believe that he was possibly under the influence due to his slurred and lethargic speech, as well as glassy eyes. [I] returned to speak with Blaine, and [I] asked him how much he had to drink, and he stated that he had three beers prior to driving. [I] then asked Blaine if he would mind doing the roadside evaluations to make sure that he was OK to be driving. Blaine stated, “I will do your standard sobriety tests, but I will not consent to a breathalyser.” While in front of my vehicle, [I] asked Blaine what kind of beer he had been drinking, and he stated it was Busch lite. During field sobriety tests, Blaine showed several signs of alcohol impairment. Blaine was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to Georgia’s implied consent. Blaine was transported to the Floyd County Jail, charged with DUI.