Stokes, Gabrielle Ann
Date of Booking:
Reason(s) For Booking:
DUI – DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL
FAILURE TO MAINTAIN LANE
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On Friday, October 14 2022, at 1812 hours, I was dispatched to a domestic disturbance at [20 BLOCK] Pocahontas Rd Midway, GA 31313. The complainant ([VICTIM #1]) stated her friend was refusing to leave her residence.
Prior to my arrival, [VICTIM #1] stated her friend was under the influence and was currently leaving in a Volkswagen. When I entered into the neighborhood, I observed a Volkswagen SUV with a South Carolina Tag ([REDACTED]) traveling down Sunshine Lake Rd.
When I looked in my review mirror, I noticed the vehicle failed to maintain their lane by driving over the white fog line. I got behind the vehicle and activated my blue lights. While I was behind the SUV the vehicle failed to maintain lane again by driving off the roadway and into the grass.
I approached the driver (Gabrielle Stokes) and asked Stokes where she was coming from. Stokes stated she was visiting a friend who lived at [20 BLOCK] Pocahontas Rd. Stokes stated they got into a verbal argument over past traumatic events. Stokes stated after the argument she left the residence and was driving back home to South Carolina.
While I was speaking to Stokes I could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from her breath. Stokes also had blood shot red eyes and slurred speech.
I asked Stokes if she had taken any medication today. Stokes stated around 13:45 hours she took (1) Hydroxyzine 25mg and (1) Lamotrigine 100mg.
I asked Stokes if she had anything to drink tonight and Stokes stated “no.”
Cpl. Tilley (923) and Deputy Sully (919) arrived at [20 BLOCK] Pocahontas Rd and spoke to [VICTIM #1]. [VICTIM #1] explained to Deputies that there was just a verbal argument and nothing got physical.
I asked Stokes if she would like to perform field sobriety evaluations to ensure she was safe to drive. Stokes consented to conduct the evaluations. When standardized field sobriety evaluations were conducted, the ground was flat and free of defects. I asked Stokes if she was wearing contacts, Stokes said “No.” I asked Stokes if she had any recent head or neck injuries. Stokes said “No.” I asked Stokes if she was diabetic and she said “No.”
I continued engaging Stokes in conversation and the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage continued emitting from her breath. Stokes was also swaying back and forth and was very unsteady.
I conducted the horizontal gaze nystagmus evaluation. I explained and demonstrated the evaluation. I confirmed that Stokes had equal pupil size, equal trackin, and no resting nystagmus. During the evaluation, I observed four of the possible six validated clues which indicate impairment:
-Lack of smooth pursuit
I did not observe (prior to 45 degrees) due to Stokes stopping during the evaluation.
I conducted the walk and turn evaluation. I explained and demonstrated the evaluation. During the evaluation, I observed five of the possible eight validated clues which indicate impairment: The clues I observed were:
-does not touch heel to toe
-uses arms to balance
-Steps off line
-improper number of steps
-starts too soon
Stokes took 30 steps on the first pass when she was instructed to take 9 steps. Stokes then took 28 steps back when she was instructed to take 9 steps.
I conducted the one-leg stand evaluation. During the evaluation, I observed two of the possible four clues:
-puts foot down
I advised Stokes that she was under arrest for driving under the influence. I placed Stokes in handcuffs (double locked and checked for fit) and conducted a search of her person with no findings. I placed Stokes in the backseat of my patrol car. I confirmed Stokes age and read her Georgia’s implied consent notice for suspects 21 and over from the lime green card and requested blood. Stokes refused to answer the question and gave a non-verbal no to the state breath test.
I transported Stokes to the Liberty County Jail and released her to the booking staff, along with the listed citations for driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane. Stokes vehicle was released on scene to Hinesville Towing. The two small dogs in the vehicle were removed by animal control.
While Stokes was in the back seat of my patrol car, Stokes got very upset about her dogs and started kicking the door. I told Stokes several times that she would receive an additional charge if she damaged any property on the patrol car. Stokes continued yelling and kicking the door, window and plastic partition between the driver seat and the rear seat.
When Stokes exited the vehicle, I noticed both the rear doors on my patrol car sustained minor damage that was caused by Stokes from kicking the door.
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