NWGA Scanner | May 12th, 2022

Unlicensed and uninsured North Carolina man arrested on a list of drug charges after DUI crash on I-75 in Gordon County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On April 28th, 2022, at 9:38 AM, TFC2 Terry arrived on the scene of a single-vehicle crash on I-75 near mile marker 309. Trooper Terry reported, “[I] was approached by Deputy Flippen, who advised that the driver was in the ambulance. He further stated that his name was Mr. Charles John Wade III, 24, of Raleigh, North Carolina. He stated that the fire personnel that was first on the scene observed Mr. Wade getting rid of some marijuana. [I] approached Mr. Wade in the ambulance and asked him what had happened. He stated a big truck had run him off the roadway. He then refused to be transported because he stated he didn’t need to go to the hospital because he was not hurt and because there was no one to sue. While [I] was speaking to him, [I] noticed he had red eyes and the odor of marijuana coming from his person. His pupils were dilated, and he had mumbled speech. [I] asked to see his tongue, and he had a thick green/ brown residue on it.” Wade stated he had smoked marijuana prior to driving. During standardized field sobriety tests, Wade showed several signs of impairment. Wade was placed under arrest for DUI and refused the state blood test but later agreed to it. While the trooper was walking him over to emergency personnel to have the blood draw performed, he refused again. Wade was asked if there was anything illegal, and he stated there wasn’t but advised then that the blanket and pillow wasn’t his and now he didn’t want to claim them. Trooper Terry reported, “While performing a vehicle inventory, [I] located a bag that had “Sin City” on it and had a character on it from the Grand Theft Auto game. In the bag [I] located a green leafy substance. It both appeared to be and had the odor of marijuana. Writing on the bag stated that the substance was marijuana flowers and that it was a schedule one controlled substance. After completing at the scene, [I] transported Mr. Wade to the jail while Deputy Flippen took his property. While at the jail, Sgt. Pettyjohn and her jail staff located, concealed in his property, 13 pills that appeared to be ecstasy (field-tested positive for in front of my camera in the sally port). [I] also later spoke to two different witnesses that had observed the crash and called 911. They all stated that Mr. Wade was not struck by any other vehicles and that he had drifted off the interstate. One witness even advised that Mr. Wade appeared in a panic and even asked for a ride to leave the scene. Wade was booked into the Gordon County Jail, charged with crossing state/county guard lines with weapons, intoxicants, drugs without consent, driving on roadways laned for traffic, drugs not in original container, DUI – driving under the influence of drugs, marijuana-possess less than 1 oz., no insurance, no license, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and possession of ecstasy.