NWGA Scanner | November 2nd, 2021

Trion man charged with DUI again after being found asleep behind the wheel at Floyd County gas station

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on October 24th, 2021, at around 1:57 AM, Officer Overstreet was dispatched to the RaceTrac located at 3006 Martha Berry Highway in reference to a male that was unresponsive in a vehicle. According to the report, “The caller to 911 advised the subject was breathing, but that he was not moving. Dispatch advised that the caller also advised that no one was inside the store and feared that it was the store clerk that was inside the vehicle unresponsive.” The officer arrived and found the silver Honda from the call parked on the south end of the building. The vehicle was running, and a male, later identified as Joshua Hatcher, 33, of Trion, was slumped over on the right side of the driver seat with his head on his right shoulder. Officer Overstreet reported, “[I] attempted to get the driver’s attention by knocking on the driver’s side window. After knocking several times on the window, the driver woke up and looked over at me. [I] noticed that the driver’s pupils were blown (dilated). [I] asked him for his license and then asked him how long he has been here.” According to the report, Hatcher’s license was run and returned as suspended for DUI. He stated that he had them suspended but had recently paid the fine but had not been to court yet for the DUI. During field sobriety testing Hatcher showed several clues of drug impairment. Officer Overstreet reported, “Based on the circumstances and the testing that was performed, offender Hatcher was arrested for DUI.” Hatcher was read Georgia Implied Consent and agreed to the test of his blood. Hatcher was transported to the Floyd County Jail, charged with DUI, and driving while license is suspended. According to arrest records, Hatcher was arrested by Rome Police Department in February for DUI/alcohol, open container violation, and failing to maintain a single lane.