Benjamin Dobkins

Dobkins, Benjamin Jacob

Date of Booking:

Reason(s) For Booking:
Hit and Run

Consuming Alcoholic Beverage or Possessing Open Alcoholic Beverage Container While in Passenger Area of Motor Vehicle

Driving while license suspended or revoked-Misd

DUI/Alcohol/Less Safe

Officer’s Narrative:
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On Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at approximately 2226 hours, I was conducting a traffic stop on N Perry Pkwy at its intersection with Kings Chapel Rd. While on the traffic stop, a black 2012 Nissan Versa struck the rear of a white 2007 Toyota Sequoia about 20 feet West of my stop. The Toyota pulled to the side of the road, and the Nissan continued traveling East on N Perry Pkwy. I concluded my stop and caught up with the vehicle about .5 miles East of the original location.

Deputy Tripp and I ordered the driver out of the vehicle, secured him in handcuffs behind the back, checked them for fit, and double-locked them. The driver instructed me his wallet was in the vehicle’s driver’s door and contained his Georgia Identification Card.

While retrieving the wallet, I observed multiple empty mini bottles of liquor in the driver’s door and the driver’s floorboard. I identified the driver as Benjamin Dobkins. Deputy Tripp placed Dobkins in the rear of unit #855. I read Dobkins his Miranda Rights, and he refused to speak with me.

I had the dispatcher check Benjamin for a driver’s license. The dispatcher told me Benjamin’s driver’s license was suspended on February 28, 2022, for refusing implied consent on February 28, 2022.

PPD Officer Quinones deployed his K-9 partner at my request and performed an open-air search around the vehicle. PPD Officer Quionones informed me his K-9 partner alerted to the car.

PPD Sgt. Laster informed me he arrested Benjamin on February 28, 2022, and determined he was using inhalants at that time.

I searched the vehicle and located seven mini bottles of liquor in the driver’s door and floorboard, six nitrous oxide cartridges in the driver’s door, and a yellow and white whip cream canister designed to be used with the nitrous oxide cartridges in the passenger floorboard. The whip cream canister was missing a piece that appeared to make it easier to inhale the inhalants from the cartridge.

I took photos of the alcohol bottles, cartridges, and whip cream canister to be attached to the report. I collected the cartridges and whip cream canister as evidence to be stored at the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.

I returned to Benjamin and read him Georgia Implied Consent for suspects over the age of 21, and he consented to a blood draw. I observed slurred speech and dilated pupils while speaking with Benjamin. Deputy Tripp transported Benjamin to the Houston County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center in unit #855.

Road Runner Towing collected the Nissan to keep at their lot.

I returned to the original location and spoke with [VICTIM #1], the driver of the Toyota. [VICTIM #1] said he was slowing down due to my initial traffic stop, and the Nissan ran into the rear of his vehicle. I gave [VICTIM #1] a case number and told him I would complete a report.

I arrived at the Houston County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center. At 2344 hours, [REDACTED], a certified phlebotomist, collected two vials of blood from Benjamin.

Benjamin was turned over to the Houston County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center and charged with hit and run (Citation #A-250840), open container (Citation #A-250841), and suspended license (Citation #A-250842), and DUI alcohol and drugs (Citation #A-250843).

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