NWGA Scanner | August 28th, 2022

Rossville man arrested for DUI after being stopped for driving all over the roadway in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On August 12th, 2022 at around 10:11 PM, Deputy Sharpe was in the area of Lower Dawnville Road and Dawnville Road. According to the report, “Deputy Sharpe was focusing on DUI enforcement at the time. Lower Dawnville Road is equipped with rumble strips on the fog lines as well as the yellow lines. Deputy Sharpe was listening for a vehicle running over the rumble strips. Deputy Sharpe could hear a vehicle traveling southbound on Lower Dawnville Road hitting the rumble strips multiple times. Deputy Sharpe saw a tan 2003 GMC Yukon with a Georgia tag failing to maintain its lane and still hitting the rumble strips. As the vehicle passed Deputy Sharpe, the vehicle was hitting the rumble strip on the double yellow.” The deputy initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Douglas Lee Ellard, 36, of Rossville. Deputy Sharpe could see that Ellard’s eyes were watery and bloodshot. According to the report, “When Mr. Ellard spoke, an alcoholic beverage emitted from his breath. Deputy Sharpe asked Mr. Ellard how much he had to drink tonight, and he stated none. Deputy Sharpe then had Mr. Ellard step out of the vehicle. Deputy Sharpe then asked Mr. Ellard how much he had to drink once again. Mr. Ellard stated one normal size bud light. Mr. Ellard stated that the other stuff in the car was his friends and not his.” During field sobriety tests, Ellard showed several signs of impairment and agreed to the state test. Deputy Sharpe then located five white pills with 10/325 imprinted in them. This showed to be Acetaminophen and Oxycodone hydrochloride. During a search of the vehicle, deputies located Apple Bootlegger alcoholic beverage that had been completely drank and a cinnamon flash-point that had been opened, along with two unopened bud lights located in the vehicle. Ellard was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of .148 and was charged with possession of a schedule 2, prescription drugs not in original container, DUI driving under the influence of alcohol over 0.08, and failure to maintain lane.