NWGA Scanner | May 25th, 2022

Tennessee man found in possession of cocaine during DUI traffic stop in Walker County

According to a Walker County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On Tuesday, May 10th, 2022, at 10:34 PM, while patrolling the area of North Highway 27 and Saddle Ridge Elementary School, Deputy Fouts observed a 2008 Mazda traveling at a speed greater than the posted speed limit. Deputy Fouts reported, “[I] activated my front antenna on my stalker radar (SR# 21364) and viewed his speed at 73 in a 55 mph zone. The driver, Robert Allen Baxter, 61, of Hixon, TN, slowed down to around 70 mph and then accelerated again to 74 in a 55. The driver then accelerated to speeds around 90 mph which [I] was pacing him at. [I] observed the driver fail to maintain his lane three times while traveling southbound, passing Arnold Road. [I] activated my emergency equipment. The driver continued traveling southbound towards Kay Conely Road.” Baxter eventually stopped at Spicers Automotive on Rock Spring Hill. When the deputy advised Baxter why he stopped, he stated that he was lying. Deputy Fouts reported, “While he was speaking, [I] observed that his speech was slurred to the point it was hard to understand what he was saying. [I] asked the driver if he had consumed any alcoholic beverages tonight, and he stated, “No. Can [I] contact an attorney.”.” After refusing further commands, Baxter then refused to step out of the vehicle. Baxter then asked the deputy not to shoot him dead and then began complaining about having to get out of the vehicle for a simple speeding offense. Deputy Fouts reported, “At this time, [I] did detect the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. Baxter refused field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for DUI. Baxter got mad when the deputy read Georgia’s Implied consent, stating that they were in Tennessee. During a search of the vehicle, the deputy located an open container of alcohol and cocaine. Deputy Fouts reported, “While doing this, Baxter began kicking my door. [I] walked over and opened the door. Baxter stated that he could not breathe and dove headfirst out of the back seat of my patrol vehicle, landing on his head.” Once at the Walker County Jail, Baxter stated that he wanted to file a complaint against the deputy for beating him up. Cpl. Thomason attempted to take the complaint but stated that Baxter was way to intoxicated to file a complaint. Baxter was charged with Speeding, failure to maintain lane, DUI, terroristic threats, open container violation, and possession of cocaine.