Rix, Dustin Lane
Date of Booking:
Reason(s) For Booking:
HIT AND RUN; DUTY OF DRIVER TO STOP AT OR RETURN TO SCENE OF ACCIDENT
Driving Under Influence of Alcohol
FAILURE TO YIELD WHILE TURNING LEFT
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On August 1, 2023 (Tuesday) I, Pfc Gilbreath was dispatched to Saddle Mountain Trail off Rockmart Rd in reference to a hit and run complaint.
While en route I was advised that dispatch overheard a male tell the complainant “Give me some money and we will call it.” The complainant, [VICTIM #1], advised she explained the accident was his fault and he took off outbound. Dispatch gave a BOLO to county PD and investigators Moore and Guzman saw the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.
Upon arriving I spoke with Ms. [VICTIM #1] who advised she was coming out of the subdivision crossing Rockmart Rd. She advised that the other vehicle, a silver Honda CRV, attempted a left turn in front of her. She said after their vehicles struck the male driver, later identified as Dustin Rix, jumped out and made the above statement. She then said that as she described the wreck and advised he had to yield, he then jumped back in his car and left.
County Investigators advised Mr. Rix told them that he was involved in the accident but he didn’t own the vehicle and he didn’t want this to go on the owner’s insurance so he left. County Investigators called for a patrol unit to come transport Mr. Rix back to my location as I had charges of Hit and Run, and failure to yield. He was handcuffed and transported in the back of a patrol unit.
Investigators Moore and Guzman then called for a tow truck to come get the car as the airbags had deployed and the driver was under arrest. When the county Officer brought Mr. Rix to my location I smelled the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person.
I then called Investigator Moore on the phone and asked if he saw evidence of Mr. Rix being intoxicated. He said yes, he smelled alcohol coming from his person and they breathalized him and he blew on the PBT and was positive for alcohol. He said that Mr. Rix had admitted to drinking but declared it had been at 3 am this morning, approximately 14 hours ago.
Because Mr. Rix had been placed under arrest, handcuffed and transported I then went to him and read him Miranda. Mr. Rix agreed to answer questions and I asked him if he would take the breath test on my PBT and he agreed. My PBT showed a sample of .103. I then read implied consent and asked for blood. Mr. Rix agreed.
I transported Mr. Rix to Atrium Health Floyd where he was medically cleared for the jail. Additionally Phlebotomist [REDACTED], took a blood sample which will be placed into the temporary evidence room at Rome PD.
I transported Mr. Rix to the Floyd County Jail where he was booked without incident on his citations. An accident report has been completed as well. Mr. Rix did not have his driver’s license on his person he said it was somewhere in the vehicle.
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