Charles Culp

Name:
Culp, Charles Dalton

Date of Booking:
10/26/2021

Reason(s) For Booking:
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL, DRUGS, OR OTHER INTOXICATING SUBSTANCES

FOLLOWING TOO CLOSE

Officer’s Narrative:
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On 10/26/2021 at approximately 1525 hours I was notified by Ofc. Varnedoe #117, who was on scene of a motor vehicle collision, that one of the drivers appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. At the time I was assigned to the Glynn County Police Department HEAT unit. I responded to the area and spoke with Varnedoe who pointed out the driver, he believed to be impaired. Once the other officers on scene had completed their investigation of the motor vehicle collision I spoke to Charles Culp, the suspected impaired driver.

I asked Charles what had happened today and what caused to collision. Charles stated that he was driving down the Spur and the vehicle in front of him went to make a lane change and he was following to close and was unable to swerve to avoid the collision. As I spoke with Charles I could smell the odor of a consumed alcoholic beverage on his breath. I asked Charles how much he had to drink before the collision and what it was. Charles stated that he “probably” had one beer at home earlier, approximately two hours prior, and it was an IPA beer from a growler.

Charles claimed that he and his passengers were at Hooters and his passengers were drinking but he was not. I asked Charles if he had any medical conditions I should be aware of. He advised that he did not. He also advised that he does not take an medications, have any physical aliment that would prevent him from being able to preform any field sobriety tests. He also stated that he has not eye issues. I asked Charles if he would be willing to perform some field sobriety tests and he agreed. All tests were conducted on a flat and level surface with no visible defects. Field sobriety tests were conducted as follows:

Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus:
The first task given was the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) task. I confirmed that his pupils were of equal size and were tracking equally. I observed no resting nystagmus. While having Charles follow the provided stimulus, I observed a total of 6 clues (lack of smooth pursuit in the left eye, distinct and sustained nystagmus at maximum deviation in the left eye, onset of nystagmus prior to 45 degrees in the left eye, lack of smooth pursuit in the right eye, distinct and sustained nystagmus at maximum deviation in the right eye, onset of nystagmus prior to 45 degrees in the right eye). Vertical Gaze Nystagmus was also present.

Walk and Turn:
This test was demonstrated as I gave the instructions prior to asking Charles to complete the test. Charles had questions about how to conduct a proper turn. He was advised multiple times how to do so correctly and it was demonstrated multiple times. During the instructional stage I observed two clue.

1) Charles failed to maintain the starting position as instructed.
2) Charles started the test before being told to do so.
During the performance stage I observed 3 more clues for a total of 5 clues observed during this test.
3) Charles used his arms for balance.
4) Charles made an improper turn. He pivoted on both feet to the right 90 degrees, took a step and then pivoted on both feet to the right 90 degrees again.
5) Charles stopped during the test. After completing the improper turn Charles did not begin his second series of 9 steps until being told to do so.

One Leg Stand:
This test was demonstrated as instructions were given before Charles was asked to complete the test.
During this test I observed one clue.
1) Charles swayed throughout the test.

Preliminary Breath Test (PBT):
I asked Charles to provide a sample of breath. He was instructed to blow into my PBT until told to stop. Charles provided the requested sample of breath at which time the PBT indicated a positive presence of alcohol (0.144).

Based on my training and experience I believed Charles was impaired to a level above the per se limit and was unsafe to operate a motor vehicle. Charles was advised that he was under arrest for DUI, placed in double locking handcuffs, searched and placed in the rear seat of Ofc. Taquandra #104, patrol car. I then confirmed Charles age and read him Georgia Implied Consent Notice for Suspects Age 21 or over from my green card. Charles agreed to the requested breath test.

Ofc. Taquandra then transported Charles to the Glynn County Detention Center were Ofc. Varnedoe administered the Intox9000 test. The test indicated an blood alcohol concentration of 0.109. Prior to being transported, I provided Ofc. Taquandra Charles’s citations of DUI Per Se and following to close to be issued upon completion of the of the intox test. Nothing further at this time.