NWGA Scanner | October 12th, 2022
According to a Rossville Police Department incident report, On September 27th, 2022, at approximately 12:09 AM, Sgt. Carter was sitting at the intersection of McFarland Avenue and Chickamauga Avenue when he observed a GMC Sierra pull up to the traffic light at West Gordon Avenue facing Chickamauga Avenue. Sgt. Carter reported, “The vehicle then turned southbound onto Chickamauga Avenue while the traffic light was still red (a sign is clearly posted “no turn on red”). While following behind the vehicle prior to initiating [I] observed the vehicle fail to maintain lane multiple times. As [I] approached the driver’s door, I could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. When [I] asked the driver Stephen Richard Tucker, 42, of Pelion, South Carolina, if everything was alright, he responded with, “No, I drove all the way down here to sell my motorcycle, and no one showed up.” The motorcycle was in the back of the truck, tied down. The tag on the motorcycle came back to a 1995 Suzuki motorcycle to a person out of South Carolina. The tag was displayed on a 1987 Harley Davidson registered to another person. Neither the motorcycle nor the tag came back stolen. When [I] asked Stephen if he had been drinking, he said no. [I] could hear a slur in his voice, so [I] asked him to step out of the vehicle. When Stephen got out of the vehicle, he was having trouble keeping his balance.” During field sobriety tests, Stephen showed several signs of impairment and showed a BAC of .08 on a PBT. Stephen was placed under arrest for DUI and refused Georgia implied consent law. Stephen’s South Carolina identification card returned as suspended. Stephen was transported to the Walker County Jail, where he was booked in and given an O/R bond for DUI alcohol less safe (refusal), driving while license suspended, obedience to the traffic control device, and failure to maintain lane.