NWGA Scanner | January 11th, 2022
According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on News Year Day, January 1st, 2021, at around 1:48 AM, Sgt. Wade observed a vehicle traveling on Martha Berry Highway at 70 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. The officer conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, who identified himself as Joshua Lee Alamia, 33, of Rome. Sgt. Wade reported, “It should be noted that upon making contact with Joshua [I] could smell the odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Due to the back windows being tinted along with other occupants inside of the vehicle, [I] asked Joshua to exit his vehicle and speak with me. While speaking with Joshua, [I] began smelling the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person, [I] asked Joshua how much alcohol he had consumed, to which he stated he had two beers and two shots. I asked Joshua when the last time he had consumed an alcoholic beverage, to which he stated just before he left where he had been coming from.” The front-seat passenger, who identified himself as Tyler Gibbons, 37, of Rome, was also searched where the officer located a bag containing marijuana in his right front watch pocket with another bag of marijuana in his front left pocket. According to the report, “A search of the vehicle was conducted which resulted in finding an open bottle of beer in the front center console between Joshua and Tyler and an opened bottle of liquor in the glove box. Due to Joshua’s admission of consuming alcohol along with the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person, Standardized Field Sobriety Tests were conducted.” During the tests, Joshua showed several clues of impairment and showed a BAC reading of .17. Joshua was then placed under arrest for DUI. Joshua refused to submit to the State’s test of his breath. He was transported to the Floyd County Jail, charged with DUI, speeding, open container violation. Tyler was arrested by Officer Sangphim for possession of marijuana and was also booked into the Floyd County Jail.