NWGA Scanner | February 10th, 2021

Rome man crashes into rear of vehicle while DUI injuring several people in Floyd County

According to Floyd County Police Department incident report, on January 31st, 2021, at around 1:40 AM, Officer Glaze was dispatched to Martha Berry Highway. (GA-1) at Scenic Road in reference to a crash with injuries. The officer walked over to check on one of the drivers sitting in a beige 2000 Chevrolet 1500. The driver, identified as Joe Junior Wade, 62, of Rome, said he was ok and didn’t need EMS. When asked for his driver’s license, the officer noticed that Wade had a hard time comprehending what he was saying to him. Wade was slurring his speech when answering the officer. Wade asked the officer what was wrong and was advised he had been involved in a crash. A paramedic who checked Wade for injuries stated that he noticed a presence of alcohol coming from inside Wade’s vehicle. The officer also notices an alcohol presence emitting from Wade. When the officer checked Wade’s driver’s license through E911, it was found that he had a warrant through Chattooga County for a separate DUI crash. The crash occurred back October 10th, 2020 on Unity Church Road in Chattooga County. Georgia State Patrolman Mosley investigated the crash and took warrants out on Wade after he was admitted into Floyd Medical center while being cleared. Officers verified that Wade was wanted in Chattooga County. Officer George stood by and watched Wade because he had already called someone to come and pick him up so he could leave. While Officer Glaze investigated the injury crash. Wade was detained and placed in the back seat of a police unit. When the officer placed handcuffs on Wade, he had to be assisted to the police unit because he was very unsteady on his feet. While Wade was being placed in the backseat, he was giving Officer George a difficult time and was not wanting to comply. The officer determined that Wade was at fault in the crash when he failed to stop and rear-ended another vehicle, which caused injury to the occupants of that vehicle. Wade was read implied consent for his blood, and he agreed to take the test. Once the crash scene was cleared, he was transported to Floyd Medical center for the blood /alcohol test and to be checked out by the doctor. Wade started toward the Emergency room door when he suddenly stopped. He told officers he had to go to the bathroom and refused to walk any further. He refused to walk and urinated in his pants. The doctor cleared Wade, and he was transported to the Floyd County Jail charged with DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol, too fast for conditions, and following too closely.