NWGA Scanner | April 19th, 2022

Taylorsville teen arrested for DUI after 911 call from concerned motorist reporting erratic driver in Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, On April 3rd, 2022, at 3:05 AM, Floyd County dispatch advised of a BOLO (be on the look out) for a silver Honda CRV that was entering Floyd County from Bartow County. According to the report, “Dispatch advised that the caller, a concerned motorist, had observed the vehicle driving slow, speeding up, swerving from lane to lane, and stopping randomly while driving.” Officer Stanfield reported, “Due to my proximity [I] was able to stage on Georgia 1 Loop at Georgia 20. The caller advised that the driver had almost hit a black truck head-on and almost ran off in the ditch numerous times. Due to this, [I] got the clearance to cross over in order to attempt to stop the vehicle before it killed anyone. [I] was staged on Chulio at Mathis Road when dispatch advised the vehicle was approaching Rome Motor Speedway. [I] did drive down to and pulled into Rome Motor Speedway, where [I] observed the vehicle in question approaching my location. While [I] was still well into the driveway of Rome Motor Speedway, [I] observed the vehicle driving extremely slow then saw the vehicle come to an abrupt stop. A few seconds later, the driver did begin driving again. Due to the manner in which the vehicle came to an abrupt stop [I] did immediately activate my blue lights and audible siren in order to get the vehicle to pull over. The vehicle did stop just west of Rome Motor Speedway.” The officer made contact with the driver, where he observed Ethan Alexander Hilburn, 19, of Taylorsville, with his pants around his knees. Hilburn also had his hand down his pants in what appeared to be an attempt to locate his wallet. The officer asked Hilburn where he was headed, and he advised “home”. The officer reported that Hilburn’s speech was very lethargic, slurred, and very quiet. After exiting the vehicle, the officer observed Hilburn stumble and use his vehicle to keep him upright while walking. Once he passed his vehicle, he almost fell over a few times. Officer Stanfield reported, “[I] did have to keep him from falling over so he would not hurt himself.” During field sobriety tests, Hilburn showed several signs of impairment. During the walk and turn test, Hilburn continuously lost his balance to the point he was about to fall on his face. Due to this the officer decided to place Hilburn under arrest for DUI in order to prevent him from harming himself due to being barely able to stand. Inside Hilburn’s right side pant pocket, the officer did locate two suspected “alprazolam” pills lose and not in the original container. During the search of the vehicle, officers did locate a “THC vape” pen. Hilburn was booked into the Floyd County Jail, charged with DUI, possession of a schedule I and IV controlled substance, and possession of drug-related objects.