Strickland, Joseph Shanon
Date of Booking:
Reason(s) For Booking:
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS
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On the above date I received a call of a vehicle that had hit the guardrail on Interstate 95. I was told the vehicle had got off Interstate 95 and was at the gas station on Blythe Island Hwy just off of 17. I was able to locate the vehicle at the gas pump. As I pulled up I noticed the driver seemed to be slumped over what is the middle console of a vehicle.
As I walked up to the vehicle the driver, a male later identified as Joseph Strickland, sat up and immediately was very fidgety in the vehicle. I told the male to step out of the vehicle and he continued to be fidgeting around in the vehicle on the passenger side and in the console. I then yelled at the male to get out of the vehicle.
Once Strickland got out he seemed very nervous and was talking non-stop. Strickland very quickly went back into the vehicle saying he was getting a cigarette at which point I told him to get out of the vehicle. He was again doing something in the middle console. It was at this point I made him move away from the vehicle and had him sit on the curb and I had already asked dispatch to send another officer to my location due to his very nervous behavior.
Ofc. Dumas #102 and Ofc. Mallard #222 arrived at my location. I started to look in the windows of the vehicle, which were down, and I noticed an upside down Dr. Pepper can in the console cup holder with a white powdery residue and what appeared to be a small piece of a cigarette filter. This is a known sign of drug use.
Ofc. Dumas did field sobriety test on Strickland. We then searched the vehicle and in the console where Strickland had been shuffling around in I found 2 needles. Once Ofc. Dumas and myself talked to Strickland about the items found in his vehicle he said he shoots up Dilaudid. Strickland said he had shot up around 0600hrs on this day. He told us he shoots up the Dilaudid pills.
Strickland was placed under arrest for Driving under the influence of Drugs (0. C. G. A 40-6-391(a). The items taken from Strickland’s vehicle 2 empty pill bottles, 2 needles and a Dr. Pepper can with the white residue on the bottom of the can are placed in evidence. Strickland was placed in double locked handcuffs in the front due to when they were in the back he kept complaining of his hands swelling and loosing circulation.
Strickland was transported to the jail without incident and turned over to jail staff. Strickland was also issued the Ga DDS1205 notice of license suspension and temporary license.