NWGA Scanner | January 14th, 2022

Tennessee man arrested for DUI after speeding on I-75 in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on January 6th, 2022, at around 12:58 AM, Deputy Sharpe was conducting speed enforcement on I-75 northbound near mile marker 324. According to the report, Deputy Sharpe clocked a black 2017 Nissan Rogue with a Tennessee tag in the far-left lane going 96 MPH in a 70 MPH zone. Deputy Sharpe conducted a traffic stop near mile marker 325. According to the report, “Deputy Sharpe spoke to the driver Brian Paul Elrod, 51, of Hixon, TN, front-seat passenger Brittany Smith, and back seat passenger Bradley Jones. Deputy Sharpe could smell an alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle. Deputy Sharpe went back to his patrol vehicle to run the driver’s licenses and the Tennessee tag 7G93R7. NCIC showed the vehicle had unconfirmed insurance. Deputy Sharpe went back to the vehicle in an attempt to obtain proof of insurance. While attempting to get proof of insurance on the vehicle, Deputy Sharpe asked Mr. Jones if he was the only one that had been drinking. Mr. Jones stated yes that he was meeting up with family and had a couple of drinks. Deputy Sharpe was still trying to get Mr. Elrod to show proof of insurance on the vehicle. Mr. Elrod was unable to stay on task. Mr. Elrod, at times, would just be swiping his phone screen instead of looking for insurance. Deputy Sharpe asked Mr. Elrod if he had anything to drink. Mr. Elrod stated, “way earlier”.” Mr. Elrod stated he only had three or four beers. During field sobriety tests, Elrod showed several signs of impairment and showed a BAC to be well over the legal limit on PBT. Elrod was placed under arrest for DUI and read an implied consent notice where he stated, “no, thank you”. Elrod was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with speeding, no proof of insurance, and DUI less safe. According to the report, “Deputy Sharpe also filled out DDS 1205 (REV.05/17). Mr. Elrod refused to sign the form. Mr. Elrod stated he was drunk and did not need to be signing anything while he was drunk.”