NWGA Scanner | August 4th, 2021
According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Thursday, July 15th, 2021, at approximately 12:12 AM, Deputy Stevens was patrolling the Walnut Hill subdivision due to a history of entering autos in the area. According to the report, “Deputy Stevens was traveling north on Peachtree Lane when he observed a Black Ford Focus turn south onto Peachtree Lane from Walnut Hill Drive. The vehicle did not stop or slow down for the posted stop sign at the aforementioned intersection.” The deputy turned around and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle.” The deputy approached the vehicle and spoke with the driver, identified as Aaron Jason Cox, 37, La Vergne, Tennessee. According to the report, the deputy immediately noticed Cox’s eyes were extremely bloodshot and watery. The deputy asked for identification from Cox, who stated he was not licensed to operate a motor vehicle. According to the report, “At this time Deputy Stevens could smell the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle and Mr. Cox’s person. Deputy Stevens asked Mr. Cox why his eyes were so bloodshot, and he stated, “he had smoked marijuana in his backyard prior to leaving for the store approximately an hour prior to the stop.” Deputy Stevens conducted a DUI investigation and administered standard field sobriety testing where he showed several clues of being impaired. Mr. Cox was placed under arrest for DUI Drugs. Deputy Stevens issued a courtesy warning for the stop sign violation. Cox was then transported to the Gordon County Jail charged with DUI, driving while license suspended, and an active warrant through Gordon County for failure to appear. Cox was read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice and refused.