STROTHER, CARL CELEST
Date of Booking:
Reason(s) For Booking:
DUI ALCOHOL-LESS SAFE
FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY
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On Friday, April 22, 2022, at approximately 0213 hours while working a motor vehicle crash on I-85 South near mile marker 52, a secondary motor vehicle crash occurred involving a gray 2013 Ford Explorer displaying GA tag: [REDACTED] and a red 2021 Kenworth tow truck displaying GA tag: [REDACTED].
The gray Ford Explorer (Vehicle 1), who was traveling in lane #2, struck the rear of the red tow truck (Vehicle 2), who was also traveling in lane #2, so violently that the tow truck went through a guard rail and overturned in a ditch.
The driver of Vehicle 1, Carl Strother, exited his vehicle and could not keep his balance, stumbling as he walked. I could immediately smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person as I approached him.
Strother was visibly confused, and his eyes were watery and bloodshot. Strother was escorted to the right shoulder where he had to be held up by deputies. He was asked to have a seat on the ground for his own safety but was very non-verbal.
When he did respond, his speech was thick and slurred. Strother eventually had to be assisted to take a seat on the ground. It should be noted that Strother was stumbling so much that we believed he had to have a seat so as to not injure himself from falling over.
Coweta Fire and EMS responded to the scene and transported Strother to Piedmont Newnan. The driver of Vehicle 2, [VICTIM #1], was not injured.
Both vehicles were removed from the scene by Parker’s Towing. I then responded to Piedmont Newnan in an attempt to further interview Strother. Upon arrival, I spoke to Strother, who was in Room [REDACTED]. Strother’s eyes were still watery and bloodshot, and his breath smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage.
I asked Strother if he had any alcoholic beverages to drink earlier today and he stated that he does not drink. Strother was extremely emotionally volatile, normal one second and then upset and crying the other. Strother would quickly change the subject when asked if he would mind if Deputy Vives checked his eyes (for Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN)).
Strother never submitted to HGN. Strother was then read Georgia’s Revised Implied Consent for persons over the age of 21 not in a commercial motor vehicle by Deputy Vives. Strother cut him off several times and Deputy Vives read it to him at least 3 times.
Strother always stated that he did not understand, but at one point said he did not want to take the state administered chemical test of his blood. Deputy Vives then let Strother read the implied consent card, but he still stated that he did not understand it.
Deputy Holloway then read him Georgia’s Revised Implied Consent for persons over the age of 21 not in a commercial motor vehicle. Strother refused the state administered chemical test of his blood. He was advised he was under arrest.
We remained with Strother at Piedmont Newnan until he was medically cleared. While transporting Strother to the jail, he made a spontaneous utterance, stating that since it had been several hours since the wreck he had already sobered up and did not need to be put in the “drunk tank”. Strother was then transported and booked into the Coweta County Jail.
Audio and video recording in use.
This report was completed by Deputy Vives in field training.
This case is cleared by arrest.