NWGA Scanner | April 13th, 2021

South Georgia man found DUI after leaving the Oyster Pub and nearly causing crash with deputy

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on April 9th, 2021, at approximately 1:19 AM, Deputy Pack was on routine patrol on Market Street near the Market Street Shops. The deputy was in the area assisting the Dalton Police Department to look for an offender in a family violence incident. While traveling north on Market Street, a white Ford F-250 exited the Market Street Shops without stopping pulling straight out in front of Deputy Pack’s marked patrol vehicle, causing him to have to avoid a collision. As the pick-up truck made the turn onto Market Street, the driver failed to drive within a single lane. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the truck as it turned into the Super 8 motel. The deputy made contact with the driver identified, Bryant Harris, 42, of Toomsboro, GA. Harris advised that he and his passengers had just left the Oyster Pub after having some drinks and were heading back to their hotel room at the Super 8 motel. Harris’s speech was observed as slurred, and His eyes were also extremely bloodshot and glossy. As Harris continued to speak, the deputy could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle. Harris was asked how many alcoholic beverages he had consumed and advised that he consumed three beers while at the bar. While speaking with Harris outside of the vehicle, the deputy continued to smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person. His speech rate continued to be slurred, and he was unsteady on his feet, according to the report. Harris said he felt he was safe to operate the vehicle. Harris showed several clues of impairment during field sobriety testing. Harris was placed under arrest for DUI driving under the influence of alcohol. Harris advised that he would not submit to a state test of his breath. One of Harris’s co-workers arrived on the scene and took possession of the company truck he was driving. Harris was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with DUI – alcohol – less safe. The deputy issued Harris a written warning for failure to yield while entering the roadway and took possession of Harris’s Georgia driver’s license and served him with a license suspension form.