JOHNSON, LATORUS PIERRE
Date of Booking:
Reason(s) For Booking:
DUI – DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL
WEAVING OVER ROADWAY
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On August 26, 2022, at approximately 0955 I, Corporal Tolbert, was patrolling the area of Cleghorn Street in my conspicuously marked patrol vehicle equipped with emergency lights and siren. While patrolling, I observed a 2006 white Tahoe (tag #[REDACTED]) fail to maintain its lane of travel as the passenger’s side tires crossed over the clearly marked white fog line. I was able to get behind the vehicle as we continued on Cleghorn Street. I activated my emergency equipment and initiated a traffic stop which occurred near West Russel Street.
I exited my patrol vehicle and made contact with the driver, Latorus Johnson. While at the window, I smelled the pungent odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from within the cabin of the vehicle. I questioned Johnson about his consumption of alcoholic beverages, and he advised he did have something to drink as he handed me a half- filled Bud Light can with condensation on it. I instructed Johnson to exit the vehicle to which he obliged. I asked Johnson if he was drinking driving down the road and he advised he had the beer “earlier.” While speaking with Johnson I smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person and I observed his eyes were watery and bloodshot.
I walked back to my vehicle and conducted a GCIC inquiry of his name and date of birth which returned valid with no warrants. I exited my patrol vehicle and made contact with Johnson again. I asked Johnson if he would voluntarily consent to participate in Standardized Field Sobriety to ensure he was safe to operate the motor vehicle. Johnson stated he would voluntarily consent to the testing.
Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST)
Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN): 6 of 6 clues
Johnson was positioned to the front of my Villa Rica patrol vehicle, on relatively flat and level pavement. Johnson was directed to stand with his feet together and keep his hands by his sides. Johnson was instructed to follow a stimulus, finger, with his eyes while keeping his head stationary. Johnson advised he understood the instructions and indicated he was ready to begin the assessment.
- Johnson had equal tracking and equal pupil size in both eyes.
- Johnson had lack of smooth pursuit in both his left and right eye.
- Johnson had distinct and sustained nystagmus at maximum deviation in both his left eye and right eye
- Johnson had onset to Nystagmus prior to 45 degrees in both is his left and right eye
Walk and Turn (WAT): 2 of 8 clues
Johnson was placed on relatively flat and level pavement. I administered the walk and turn evaluation to Johnson. I explained the instructions and demonstrated the evaluation. Johnson advised he did not any physical ailments which prevented him from completing the evaluation.
- Johnson missed heel to toe.
- Johnson made an improper turn.
One Leg Stand (OLS): 2 of 4 clues
Johnson was placed on relatively flat and level pavement. I administered the one leg stand evaluation to Johnson. I explained the instructions and demonstrated the evaluation. Upon asking Johnson if he understood my instructions, he advised he did. Johnson advised he did not any physical ailments which prevented him from completing the evaluation.
- Johnson used his arms for balance
- Johnson swayed
I obtained my portable alco-sensor from my patrol vehicle and Johnson provided a breath sample, which indicated a positive presence of alcohol.
Due to the physical manifestations and my observations of Johnson’s bloodshot watery eyes, Johnson’s admittance to consuming alcoholic beverages, I placed Johnson into double-locked handcuffs to the rear, checked for proper fit. I advised Johnson he was under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. I searched Johnson incident to arrest, to which no contraband was recovered. I escorted Johnson to the rear seat of my patrol vehicle, which was searched prior to the stop.
I read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice DDS-354 (Green card) Implied Consent Notice for Suspects Age 21 or Over verbatim, requesting the state-administered chemical test of Johnson’s blood. Johnson refused the state administered chemical test of his blood. I transported Johnson to the Villa Rica Police Department for processing. He was transported to the Carroll County Jail for housing.
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