Jarrel Palmer

Name:
Palmer, Jarrel Lashawn

Date of Booking:
08/12/2022

Reason(s) For Booking:
FAILURE TO MAINTAIN LANE – M

DUI – DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL – M

Officer’s Narrative:
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While traveling west on I-16 near Dean Forest Road, I observed a sedan in the left lane ahead of me that appeared to be failing to maintain its lane of travel. I accelerated to catch up with the vehicle and observed it failing to maintain its lane by crossing the central lane divider. I continued to follow the vehicle and activated my in-car camera. The vehicle continued traveling west and as it approach mile marker 158.5 within Pooler city limits, the vehicle activated its right turn signal and began merging into the right lane of travel.

The vehicle then rode down the middle of the central lane divider and I activated my emergency equipment to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle continued traveling in the right lane of travel and slowly reducing speed before coming to a stop in the middle of the I-95 NB ramp (Exit 157B). I approached the driver and requested his license and could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. I had the driver move over to the shoulder and identified the driver as Mr. Jarrel Palmer (the arrestee).

I requested the driver exit his vehicle and he did. While observing him exit the vehicle, I observed he was unsteady on his feet and was uncoordinated while walking. I observed his eyes to be bloodshot and watery and his eyelids were droopy. I could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person and asked how much he consumed tonight. He told me none, and when I pointed out the smell, he told me that he consumed one beer approximately three hours ago. When he spoke, I observed his speech to be thick and slurred and he had slow, sluggish reactions.

Due to the observed indicators of impairment that resemble a drunk-like behavior, I requested he participate in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and he told me that he would participate,

Medical Qualification

He told me that he does not wear contacts or glasses. He told me that he does not have any head injuries. He told me that he is not under the care of a doctor or a dentist. He told me that he does not have any medical conditions of physical deformities that would prevent him from participating in S.F.S.T.s.

Instructions

I explained and demonstrated each phase of testing to Mr. Palmer, and he told me that he understood. It should be noted that he had difficulty understanding the instructions and they had to be re-explained multiple times.

Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test: 6-6

Resting Nystagmus was not present. He had equal tracking and equal pupil size in both eyes.

  • A lack of smooth pursuit was present in both eyes.
  • A distinct and sustained Nystagmus at maximum deviation was present in both eyes.
  • An onset of Nystagmus prior to 45 degrees was present in both eyes.
    Vertical Nystagmus was present in both eyes.

Walk and Turn Test: 5-8

  • He could not maintain his balance in the instructed stance.
  • He stepped off the line on both sets of nine steps.
  • He missed heel to toe on both sets of nine steps.
  • He stopped while walking.
  • He improperly turned to the left picking both feet up and stepping around.

One Leg Stand Test: 3-4

He was wearing tennis shoes and raised his left leg.

  • He swayed greater than two inches in a circular motion.
  • He hopped on his right foot during the test.
  • He put his foot down during the test.

Due to the observed indicators of impairment, he was requested to submit a Preliminary Breath Test and he refused. Due to my training and experience as well as the observed indicators of impairment displayed by Mr. Palmer, he was arrested with double-locked handcuffs that were properly checked for fit.

He was searched with no findings, and I read GA Implied Consent Notice For Suspects Age 21 And Over twice for his blood from my green card DDS-354 (05/2019) because he said he did not understand it and said I was reading too fast. Sgt. Dotson read it to him one more time, and he told him that he could not understand it. He was seated in the rear of my marked patrol vehicle and secured with a safety belt.

The vehicle was released to the owner Ms. [REDACTED] (witness) who was in the front passenger seat and sober.

Mr. Palmer was transported to CCDC where he was charged with Failure To Maintain Lane and DUI Alcohol Less Safe. His license was collected to be submitted to the DDS and he received a DDS-1205 (05/2017) temporary driving permit. He received a $1,320.00 bond with an original Pooler court date of 11/17/2022 at 1000 hours.

[End of Narrative]