NWGA Scanner | November 19th, 2022

Rome man arrested for DUI drugs after fleeing on foot and resisting arrest in Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, On November 1st, 2022, at 3:34 AM, Officer Overstreet and Officer Evans were responding to a suspicious vehicle that was parked, on the side of the road, at the end of Turner Bend Road. Officer Evans noticed the suspect’s black Honda Civic sitting in the ditch and covered in mud. Officer Evans reported, “[I] looked down the road, and [I] saw PFC Overstreet following William Brian Thomas, 43, of Rome. Mr. Thomas was shining his flashlight around toward the ground like he was trying to find something, and he continued walking away from PFC Overstreet. [I] then started to see the two go around the corner that was made up of tall grass, and they both turned onto GA 1 Loop. [I] then began to run to try and catch up with the two. They then turned in the opposite direction, and then [I] saw PFC Overstreet begin to draw his taser. Mr. Thomas then began to run, and PFC Overstreet began to chase him.” Thomas then got out of range of Overstreet’s taser, and he then cut and ran in Officer Evans’s direction. Officer Evans grabbed Thomas and threw him to the ground. Officer Evans began to try to physically detain him, and he began resisting arrest. After a brief struggle, Thomas was placed under arrest. Thomas then advised officers that he did have meth and marijuana. He told officers that the drugs were on his floorboard. Thomas refused implied consent state testing. Thomas was transported to the Floyd County Jail, where he was charged with possession and use of drug-related objects, possession of meth, willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, x2, DUI driving under the influence of drugs, and failure to maintain lane.