NWGA Scanner | May 5th, 2022

Rome man arrested for DUI again after being found passed out drunk behind the wheel of truck in Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police department incident report, on April 30th, 2022, at 1:55 AM, Sgt. Wade observed a vehicle sitting at the entrance of Armuchee High School, which he found to be suspicious due to the time that it was and knowing that there were no school functions taking place. Officer Wade reported, “[I] pulled in behind the vehicle and activated my blue lights and approached the driver side of the vehicle where [I] observed a male asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle with the truck still running. [I] knocked on the driver’s side window in an attempt to wake up the driver but was not successful. In fear that the driver may be having some type of medical problem due to them not responding to me, [I] opened the driver’s side door and cut the vehicle off and again tried to wake up the driver. [I] had no success in just shaking the driver or talking loudly. The only way [I] was able to wake up or get a response from the driver was by administering a sternum rub which also took multiple times to get the male to wake up. When the male woke up, [I] began asking him if he had any medical issues such as diabetes or other medical problems that would be causing him to be so hard to wake up. When the male would speak, it would be in a manner that was unrecognizable.” The officer was eventually able to identify the driver as Richard Seth Holley, 35, of Rome, who advised that he did not have any medical problems. Richard was observed to have red, bloodshot eyes, and the longer the officer spoke with him, he began detecting the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. According to the report, the officer had to assist Richard out of the vehicle. Officer Wade reported, “While speaking with Richard, his speech was very slurred, and his movements were lethargic, which are both common indicators of someone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. During field sobriety tests, Richard showed several signs of impairment and showed a BAC of .16 on a PBT. Richard was transported to the Floyd County Police Department, where he showed a BAC of .168 on the state test. Richard was then transported to the Floyd County Jail, where he was charged with DUI. According to Floyd County Police reports, Richard was also arrested for DUI in December after a 911 call from a concerned motorist stating he was driving all over the roadway on GA-1 south at Miller Mountain Road in Floyd County.