NWGA Scanner | February 23rd, 2021

Rome man found DUI after running red light in front of officer on Shorter Avenue

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on February 14th, 2021, at around 2:30 AM, Officer Overstreet was on patrol in the area of West Rome. While stopped by the red light at Shorter Avenue and Burnett Ferry Road, 2010 Dodge Caliber in front of the officer ran the red light. The vehicle turned onto Burnett Ferry Road. The officer attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle, which continued to travel outbound on Burnett Ferry Road. While traveling, the vehicle was swerving back and forth in the lane. The vehicle then turned left onto Payne and stopped in a yard on Presley Street. The driver immediately opened the car door. The driver, identified as Bernard Monta Jackson, 44, of Rome, was advised to get back in the car. Jackson started to move away from the car, at which time the officer drew his taser and advised him to stop and get back the car slightly. Jackson didn’t comply with the lawful order given to him by the officer. Jackson finally complied, and the taser was holstered with no other force utilized. Jackson was detained by the officer. The officer reported the smell of alcohol on Jackson. When asked why he ran the red light, Jackson stated that he had to Pee and was trying to get to his girlfriend’s house. He stated the same thing when asked why he didn’t pull over once the officer got behind him. With the strong odor of alcohol present, the officer attempted to conduct Nystagmus. Jackson would not comply with the instructions. The officer explained to Jackson that he had reason to believe that he was under the influence of alcohol and that these tests would aid in that. Jackson stated that “You got me. I’m not going to buck.” At this time, I placed Offender Jackson under arrest of DUI. Jackson refused the state test to have his blood taken. Jackson stated that he wasn’t refusing anything but to just take him to jail and get the whole thing over with. Jackson was then transported to the Floyd County Jail and charged with failure to obey traffic control device and DUI.