Randall Grate

Name:
Grate, Randall Allen

Date of Booking:
06/25/2022

Reason(s) For Booking:
DUI – DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL

FAILURE TO MAINTAIN LANE

Officer’s Narrative:
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On Friday, June 24, 2022, at approximately 2228 hours, I was traveling south on Lewis Frasier Road, just north of Dave Williams Road. I observed a white Dodge Ram with a Georgia license plate display of [REDACTED] traveling in front of me. The vehicle was weaving in his lane in front of me and attempted to turn onto Dave Williams Road. The vehicle drove into the opposite travel lane when he attempted to negotiate the turn. The vehicle then quickly attempted to turn into [80 BLOCK] Dave Williams Road’s driveway. I conducted a traffic stop using my emergency lights and sirens.

I exited my patrol vehicle and conducted a passenger’s side approach to the vehicle. When the driver let down the front driver’s side window, I could smell an overwhelming odor of alcoholic beverage emitting within the vehicle. I identified myself and advised the driver of the reason for the stop. I requested the driver of the vehicle to display his driver’s license. He was identified as Mr. Grate by his Georgia driver’s license. I observed his eyes to be bloodshot and watery, and he was slowly blinking. His speech was slurred, and his movements were delayed and hesitant. While talking to Mr. Grate, I observed an 18-ounce Budlight in the cupholder below the radio. It appeared the beer was halfway full. I asked Mr. Grate how many alcoholic beverages he consumed tonight, and he stated one. I asked how long ago he consumed the alcoholic beverage, and he stated approximately one hour ago.

I instructed him out of his vehicle and to the front of my patrol car. He was very unsteady on his feet and was swaying significantly. Once at the front of my patrol car, I began conversating with Mr. Grate. I could smell and overwhelming of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. I also could smell the odor of green marijuana. I asked Mr. Grate if he had any marijuana on his person, and he stated yes. He pulled a clear zip lop bag out of his front left cargo pocket. The zip lop bag contained a green leafy substance. I suspect it to be marijuana due to my training, knowledge, and experience and Mr. Grate’s admission. I asked him when was the last time he smoked marijuana, he stated approximately one hour ago. On a scale of one to ten, I asked him how impaired he was, and he stated a one.

I asked Mr. Grate if he would participate in a series of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests to make sure he was safe to drive, and he stated “yes.”

Field Sobriety Tests: This evaluation was performed on the shoulder of the Dave Williams Road. The evaluation surface was straight and level on the blacktop. Lighting conditions consisted of patrol vehicle headlights, spotlights, takedown lights, and my flashlight. No surface defects were noted or claimed.

Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (explained): I observed a lack of smooth pursuit, distinct and sustained nystagmus at maximum deviation, and nystagmus prior to 45 degrees in both of Mr. Grate’s eyes. I observed a total of six out of six clues, and I did not observe distinct vertical nystagmus in Mr. Grate’s eyes. Mr. Grate was swaying while conducting the evaluation.

Walk and Turn (explained and demonstrated): Instruction Stage: Lost balance, fell offline several times during the instruction stage, and stated he could not complete the evaluation.

One Leg Stand: He did not attempt to perform because he could not keep balance.

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

I then conducted the Modified Romberg evaluation. I explained to Mr. Grate 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 had passed, he was told to tell me to stop. Mr. [GRATE] stated he understood the instructions. Mr. Grate told me to stop timing at 34 seconds. I also observed severe eyelid twitching, front to rear sway, and body tremors.

I used my Department-issued PRELIMINARY BREATH TEST (Alco-Sensor FST) device to see if Mr. Grate had a positive reading for ethyl alcohol on his breath. Mr. Grate refused to give a breath sample.

Based on my observations and the admission of alcohol and illegal narcotics consumption before driving, I placed Mr. Grate under arrest in double-locked handcuffs, which were checked for fit. I searched him incident to arrest, and no contraband was found. I escorted him to my patrol vehicle’s rear passenger’s side, and he was placed in the back seat. The rear seat of my patrol vehicle was searched prior to the beginning of my shift, with no contraband found.

I read Mr. Grate the Georgia Implied Consent Notice for Suspects Age 21 or over from my green implied consent card on scene. Mr. Grate refused to the state-administered test of his blood.

Upon the home owner’s approval, Mr. Grate’s vehicle was secured and left at [80 BLOCK] Dave Williams road.

I transported Mr. Grate to the Liberty County jail, and he was turned over to jail staff without incident. The rear seat of my patrol vehicle was searched prior to leaving the jail with no contraband found. Mr. Grate received two citations for driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane.

A DDS 1205 was completed and signed by Mr. Grate. His license was attached to the top left corner.

[End of Narrative]