NWGA Scanner | November 2nd, 2022
According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On Sunday, October 9th, 2022, at 7:38 PM, Cpl. Sanford responded to the scene of a two-vehicle traffic crash on Union Grove Road near I-75. Cpl. Sanford reported, “Upon my initial encounter with the drivers, [I] could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from one or both of them. [I] separated them in order to determine where the odor was coming from and to observe each of their speech patterns and motor skills.
[I] soon discovered the driver of the vehicle which caused the crash was the one [I] had smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from earlier.” The driver was identified as William Darrell Huggins, 62, of Cleveland, TN, explained what happened in the crash, and the trooper could immediately smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. The trooper asked Huggins how much [alcohol] he had to drink that day. He responded, “I’ve had nothing.” He denied having consumed alcohol but stated he had drunk the previous night. The trooper also observed his eyes were reddened and watery. Huggins then gave a voluntary breath sample, where he showed a BAC of .094. During Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Huggins showed several signs of impairment. Huggins was then placed under arrest for DUI alcohol and refused the state test by saying, “I ain’t gonna take a blood test.” Huggins was transported to the Gordon County Jail, charged with following too closely and DUI.