NWGA Scanner | October 8th, 2022
According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, On September 24th, 2022, at 8:23 PM, Officer Puckett was preparing to exit the parking lot of the church located at 5603 Alabama Hwy. Officer Puckett reported, “[I] observed an orange in color Honda Fit turning left out of the gas station located at 5646 Alabama Hwy. The Honda did turn east onto GA 20 W. However, the Honda turned into the center turning lane. The Honda, even with having ample space to safely merge into the east bound lanes of the road, did not merge into the eastbound lanes of travel. The Honda began accelerating rapidly while still traveling in the center turning lane. [I] observed the Honda begin to weave heavily inside the center turning lane. The Honda veered toward the westbound lanes of the roadway going “head-on” with oncoming traffic. While observing all of this [I] noticed that my patrol vehicle’s speed was around 65mph. [I] activated my emergency equipment (lights and siren) and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle.” After exiting his patrol vehicle, the officer immediately smelled a very strong odor of burning marijuana. Officer Puckett then made contact with the driver, identified as Matthew Blake Gilmore, 33, of Silver Creek. While in the vehicle, the officer was not able to smell the odor of burning marijuana as strongly as before. Officer Puckett reported that [I] asked Gilmore why he was traveling in the center turning lane. Gilmore said that he thought he had pulled out of the store and merged into eastbound traffic like he normally does. Gilmore also told me that he did not realize that he was traveling at the speed he was. Once [I] returned to my patrol vehicle [I] located a marijuana cigarette on the ground beside my left front tire, which was still smoking while lying on the ground.” Gilmore did admit that he had been smoking marijuana and getting high while he was driving down the road. Officer searched the vehicle and located more narcotics inside the vehicle. During field sobriety testing, Gilmore showed several signs of impairment and was placed under arrest for DUI. Gilmore agreed to the state test and was booked into the Floyd County Jail, charged with DUI, abandonment of dangerous drugs, possession of drug-related objects, possession of marijuana, too fast for conditions, and driving in the central lane.
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