David Armstrong

Name:
Armstrong, David Leon

Date of Booking:
06/25/2022

Reason(s) For Booking:
DUI 1ST OFFENSE

POSSESSION AND USE OF DRUG RELATED OBJECTS

FAILURE TO MAINTAIN LANE

Officer’s Narrative:
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On 6/24/2022, while traveling on Lewis Frasier Rd towards HWY 84E, I observed a green Dodge Ram (GA Tag [REDACTED]) fail to maintain its lane by crossing the lane marker and then riding along the fog line for a short period. I activated my emergency equipment and initiated a traffic stop.

I approached the driver, later identified as Mr. David Armstrong, and requested his license. He provided me with his GA license and I explained the reason for the stop. While speaking with Mr. Armstrong, I could see that his eyes were bloodshot and his pupils were extremely dilated. Mr. Armstrong was sweating profusely (shirt soaked from shoulders to armpits) and he appeared to be anxious. Once I pointed out his dilated pupils, he refused to make eye contact. Mr. Armstrong also had his pants completly undone along with his belt undone. I asked about this and he stated he had to pee. Deputy Styles arrived to assist.

I asked Mr. Armstrong to step out and he complied. He searched for his glasses for approximately 2 minutes and did not realize they were on his shirt collar. I observed that he appeared to be unsteady on his feet. I asked if he would be willing to consent to standardized field sobriety evaluations and he stated “yes.”

I asked Mr. Armstrong if he wore contacts or glasses and he stated he used glasses for reading. I then asked if he had any injuries that would hinder him from walking or standing on one leg for a limited amount of time. He stated no issues.

The first evaluation I conducted was the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus. I explained I wanted Mr. Armstrong to follow the tip of my finger with his eyes and his eyes only. Mr. Armstrong stated he understood the instructions. Mr. Armstrong’s pupils were of equal size and both equal size and both eyes tracked equally on the stimulus (my finger). Both eyes displayed lack of smooth pursuit. (2 out of 6 clues)

The second evaluation was the walk and turn. Mr. Armstrong was given verbal instructions and also given a demonstration. He gave a verbal “yes” stating he understood the instructions. During this evaluation, I observed Mr. Armstrong was unable to keep his balance during instructions, miss several heel to toe steps I also observed Mr. Armstrong step of line, turn incorrectly, and use his arms for balance. Mr. Armstrong moved from the starting location several times and appeared to be unable to stand still. (1 instructional clues, 4 walking clues. 4 total clues)

The third evaluation was the one leg stand. Mr. Armstrong was given verbal instructions and also given a demonstration. He gave a verbal “yes” stating he understood the instructions. During this evaluation, I observed Mr. Armstrong sway when balancing (1 clue).

I conducted the Lack of Convergence evaluations. I explained the instructions to Mr. Armstrong and he stated he understood. I held my stimulus, (my finger) approximately 12 inches from his eyes. Mr. Armstrong was then asked if he could see the stimulus. He gave a verbal “yes”. I explained to Mr. Armstrong I wanted him to follow the stimulus with his eyes and his eyes only without moving his head. Mr. Armstrong’s eyes did not converge on the stimulus.

I then conducted the Modified Romberg evaluation. I explained to Mr. Armstrong I wanted him to put his feet together, tilt his head back, and estimate the passing of 30 seconds in his head. Once he believed 30 seconds passed, he was told to tell me to stop. Mr. Armstrong stated he understood the instructions. Mr. Armstrong advised me to stop timing at 20 seconds.

I asked Mr. Armstrong to search the vehicle and he denied consent. I then requested Corporal Tilly to the scene due to him being close in proximity. He arrived and the K9 alerted on the vehicle.

Prior to the search, Mr. Armstrong stated there was a pill bottle with marijuana residue in it and that is why the K9 alerted. I then began to search the vehicle with Deputy Tilly, while Deputy Styles stayed with Mr. Armstrong

Under the center seat I located a glass pipe (crack pipe) with white residue inside. There was also a white rock like substance on one of the tips. This type of pipe is consistent with smoking crack cocaine. In a bag near the center of the dashboard was a copper scouring pad generally used in a crack pipe. In the ashtray was a small pill bottle with marijuana residue. I advised Deputy Styles to place Mr. under arrest.

Mr. Armstrong was placed under arrest. He was searched, handcuffed, checked for fit, double locked and placed into my patrol car.

I read Mr. Armstrong Implied Consent for person over 21 (green card) and requested a blood sample. Mr. Armstrong agreed. I then read Mr. Armstrong Miranda and asked if he would be willing to consent to a DRE evaluation. He consented to the evaluation. Prior to transport, I asked Mr. Armstrong if there was any contraband on his person. Mr. Armstrong stated he had a small baggie of crack in his underwear under his genitals. He retrieved the crack and it was placed in an evidence bag. Mr. Armstrong was allowed to contact a family member who agreed to pick up his truck for him.

I transported Mr. Armstrong to Liberty Regional Medical Center for the blood draw. The blood draw was completed by Nurse [REDACTED]. Deputy Styles advised me that nobody had arrived to pick up the vehicle. It had now been almost an hour, so next list was requested

CD’s towing was dispatched. Deputy Styles stayed with the vehicle to wait for CD’s. He advised me when the vehicle was picked up.

I transported Mr. Armstrong to the jail where he was cited for DUI (drugs), failure to maintain lane, and drug related objects. I released custody of him to the booking officers at this time.

The blood kit was logged into evidence per policy.

I took the narcotics evidence and logged them per policy. I contacted SGT Kitchens and advised him of what was located and advised the narcotics were going to be logged as found contraband.

Prior to the beginning of shift, the rear area of my patrol vehicle was searched with no contraband being found. Prior to leaving the jail, I searched the rear area again with no contraband being found.

I completed a DRE evaluation on Mr. Armstrong.

[End of Narrative]