Jason Carpenter

Carpenter, Jason Andrew

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On the above date, while on a traffic stop in the center median of GA 27 near Ross Road, I observed a vehicle traveling Northbound in the left lane approaching my location at a high rate of speed without it’s headlights on.

I attempted to use my flashlight to indicate to the driver to slowdown and turn on their headlights, but when the vehicle saw my signal, instead of slowing down, moving over, or turning their headlights on the vehicle sped up and stayed in the left lane. Upon hearing and seeing the vehicle speed up, I looked at Ofc. Lane and told him we were going to go get that one instead. I ran up to the driver I had stopped in the center turn lane and returned their drivers license and told them they were free to go.

I then returned to my patrol vehicle and turned around to attempt to locate the Nissan Armada that had passed in the opposite direction. When I finally caught up to the Nissan Armada, we were at GA 27 and GA 303 and turning left onto GA 303 towards Blythe Island.

I called out my traffic stop to dispatch and initiated a traffic stop on GA 303 near the intersection of Speedy Tostenson. When I approached the vehicle, I noticed the vehicle still did not have it’s headlights on, but was still driving with only the parking lights on. When I made contact with the driver, identified as Jason Carpenter, I immediately noticed his eyes were glassy and appeared bloodshot.

While speaking to Jason, his speech was very slurred and Jason was unable to tell me where he was going or where he was coming from. Eventually he was able to tell me he had just left Tipsy McSway’s and was headed to the trailer park on GA 303 near GA 520. I did not initially smell the odor of consumed alcoholic beverage from within the vehicle, but I did notice Jason’s belt was undone and his zipper was down; which based on my training and experience is another common indicator someone may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

I requested dispatch look to see if any HEAT or traffic unit was available to work a possible DUI, at that time Ofc. Nichols stated he was on his way and would be happy to work a DUI. I turned off my front flashing lights upon his arrival and watched as he conducted his investigation.

Jason further submitted to a roadside preliminary breath test and the results indicated a positive presence of alcohol on Jason’s breath. Jason was subsequently advised he was under arrest for suspicion of DUI and placed in double locked handcuffs behind his back and searched incident to arrest with negative results. Jason was placed in the back seat of Ofc. Nichols patrol car, where he was placed in a seat belt and transported to GCDC. Jason’s vehicle was towed by Bubba’s Towing to their yard.

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