NWGA Scanner | April 18th, 2022

Silver Creek man threatens Floyd County officer and becomes disorderly during traffic stop for speeding

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on April 6th, 2022, at 2:00 AM, Officer B. Newport was conducting speed enforcement operations on SR 101 at the Silver Creek Mini Mart. Officer Newport reported, “[I] observed a black 2001 Chevrolet Silverado traveling South on SR 101. The vehicle appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed, and [I] visually estimated the vehicle to be traveling at approximately 70 mph in a 55 mph zone. [I] activated my patrol radar and locked the vehicle’s speed at 74mph. [I] activated my lights and sirens and conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle, which pulled over in the parking lot of Bethel Baptist Church.” According to the report, the officer made contact with the driver, identified as Jonathan Michael Ray, 20, of Silver Creek, and explained to him the reason he stopped him. After being asked for his driver’s license, Ray started debating the reason for the stop. According to the report, Ray continued arguing about the reason for the stop, refusing to give his license. After the officer asked him several more times for it he finally gave the license to the officer. Officer Newport reported, “As Mr. Ray was speaking, [I] could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. Mr. Ray’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy, which are indicators of possibly being under the influence of alcohol. [I] asked Mr. Ray if he had anything to drink, and he stated he had one beer prior to driving. The officer attempted to complete a traffic citation for speeding, but Ray was extremely verbally uncooperative. According to the report, While attempting field sobriety tests, Ray attempted to talk over the officer and stated that he was not doing the evaluations the correct way. During the entire time, Ray was very verbally combative and uncooperative. The officer attempted to move Ray back to the starting position when he tensed up, yelling at the officer not to touch him. Officer Newport reported, “At this time [I] placed Mr. Ray under arrest for the speeding violation. As [I] was handcuffing him, Mr. Ray told me he would “beat the f**k out me”. Mr. Ray continued to remain disorderly while [I] was placing him in the patrol car calling me a “b***h” and “pussy a n***er”.” While transporting Ray to the Floyd County Jail, Ray continued using obscene language toward the officer. Ray was booked into the jail, charged with terroristic threats, disorderly conduct, and speeding.