Nathan Varnadoe

Name:
VARNADOE, NATHAN WAYNE

Date of Booking:
04/18/2022

Reason(s) For Booking:
DUI DRUGS-LESS SAFE

OPEN CONTAINER IN PASSENGER AREA OF VEHICLE IN OPERATION

FAILURE TO MAINTAIN LANE

Officer’s Narrative:
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On April 17, 2022, at 1754 hours, I was dispatched to a traffic complaint of a white Chevrolet Silverado bearing GA tag [REDACTED] failing to maintain its lane.

I was able to get behind the Chevrolet Silverado as we crossed over the intersection of Roscoe Rd/Macedonia Rd. As we continued west on Macedonia Rd the Chevrolet’s driver-side tires crossed over the center line and fog line several times. I waited until there was a safe location for a traffic stop and activated my blue lights at the intersection of Macedonia Rd/Elliot Rd.

I walked up to the front passenger window and made the driver, Nathan Varnadoe aware I was DS. Holloway with the Coweta County Sheriff’s and explained the reason for the traffic stop. I asked Nathan for his driver’s license. After I received Nathan’s driver’s I asked where they were coming from, and he said an Easter party at his daughter’s house in Palmetto.

While talking with Nathan I smelled the odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the interior of the vehicle, Nathan’s speech was slurred, and his eyes were red/glassy. I asked Nathan if he had any drinks to impair his abilities to drive and he said he had drunk two beers earlier.

I walked back to my patrol vehicle and ran Nathan through GCIC and he returned valid. I then walked back to the driver’s door and asked Nathan to step out. As Nathan stepped out of his pickup I saw a 16oz Natural Light car in the cup holder at the bottom of the door.

While speaking to Nathan at the rear of his pickup, I smelled the odor of alcoholic beverages coming from his breath. I asked Nathan if he would perform standardized field sobriety testing and he agreed to do so. The SFST was conducted in the westbound lane of Macedonia Rd.

Nathan was medically cleared for the Horizontal Gaze and Vertical Gaze Nystagmus. Nathan’s eyes were blue. Nathan’s pupils were equal in size and resting nystagmus was not present. During this evaluation, Nathan’s eyes tracked equally, had a Lack of Smooth Pursuit, displayed a Distinct and Sustained Nystagmus at Maximum Deviation, and had an onset of Nystagmus prior to forty-five degrees in both his left and right eyes. Vertical Nystagmus was not present. While performing the testing Nathan would move his head and not follow the stimulus.

After HGN was completed, I attempted to move to the Walking Turn but Nathan said he had back issues and could not walk in a straight line. So, The Walking Turn and One Leg Stand were not performed but I did ask Nathan if he would blow into my portable breath test. Nathan agreed to give a sample of his breath, which registered 0.26 on my PBT.

I placed Nathan under arrest for driving under the influence. Handcuffs were placed in the rear and double-locked for safety. I then asked Nathan how old he was and he said 49 years old. I read him Implied consent for the subject over 21 from my department-issued card. Nathan agreed to the blood testing. He was then placed in the back seat of my patrol car and transported to the Coweta County Fire Station 6.

After arriving at the fire station Nathans was placed in the back of medic 6 and the state-administered blood test was drawn by Paramedic [REDACTED] at 1840 hours. After the testing was completed Nathan was placed in the back of my patrol car and transported to the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

Nathan was cited for failing to maintain lane, open container, and DUI less safe. He was then turned over to the jail staff without incident. the Audio and video were recorded on my body-worn camera. The GBI blood kit was placed into evidence for testing.