NWGA Scanner | November 9th, 2022

Tennessee man arrested for DUI after crashing into fire hydrant and power pole in Walker County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On October 25th, 2022, at 8:31 AM, Trooper Clark was dispatched to South Crest Road and Ensign Road in reference to a white Chevrolet Silverado that had crashed through a fire hydrant and power pole. Trooper Clark reported, “While [I] was speaking with the driver identified as Michael Lee Bishop, 31, of Chattanooga, TN, [I] observed his eyes to be bloodshot and watery. Also, [I] could smell a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his person. [I] questioned Mr. Bishop how much he had to drink. Mr. Bishop advised me that he had not been drinking and that he drank last night at a bar.” During field sobriety tests, Bishop showed several signs of impairment and a BAC of .147 on PBT. Bishop was placed under arrest for DUI and refused the state tests. CPL Mitchell then took custody of Bishop and transported him to the Walker County Jail charged with DUI (refusal), open container violation, distracted driving, driving with no insurance, failure to maintain lane, and expired tag. The passenger advised Trooper Clark that she and Bishop had been arguing because he had an open beer container in the vehicle. Trooper Clark reported, “Mrs. Hodge stated that Mr. Bishop had taken his eyes off the roadway and was looking at her while driving, which was the reason why he ran off the roadway and struck the fire hydrant and then plowed through the power pole. Mrs. Hodge did not have any markings on her person that would indicate the argument was physical before the crash.” GCIC showed no valid insurance on the vehicle, and the registration is expired. Bishop confirmed the registration was expired due to the vehicle not passing emissions, and he stated that he had insurance through Progressive Insurance. Trooper Clark called Progressive Insurance, and they advised his insurance coverage had been canceled.