Date of Booking:
Reason(s) For Booking:
DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED OR REVOKED (MISDEMEANOR)
DUI – ALCOHOL/CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE PRESENT IN BLOOD OR URINE SUBJ TO
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On 4/23/2023, at approximately 0007 hours, I, Officer Ryan Anglin (1106), was on patrol driving southbound on North Main St, when I noticed a vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Watkinsville First Christian Church. I became suspicious of the vehicle and its placement seeing that the church was not open for service, and the vehicle (Saturn Ion/Ga tag#[REDACTED]) had its lights on. As I passed by the vehicle, I turned around and headed north bound to stop, investigate, and make contact with the driver.
Upon my arrival, I noticed that the driver appeared to be asleep and laid back in the driver’s seat. The vehicle was also not properly parked within the parking lines within the parking space. I contacted Oconee dispatch to inform them I would be attempting to identify the driver and gave them the vehicle registration information.
Next, I approached the driver’s side door of the car and confirmed that the individual in the driver’s seat, appeared to be asleep, with both eyes shut, laid down with the driver’s seat laid back. I tapped on the driver’s side glass with my knuckles to get the driver’s attention. The man woke up and rolled down his window. As soon as the window rolled down, I smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from within the car. There was also a large pack of beer in the right side passenger floorboard. I could tell that some of the beers were missing from within the packaging.
I then informed the driver of my name and that I was an officer with the city police and I would need to see his identification based on the circumstances. I also informed him that his headlights were on, but his car was not running.
The driver (Johnny Norman) told me that he did not have his driver’s license, however gave me his name and date of birth. I asked Mr Norman if he had been driving under the influence of alcohol to which he said he had not. Mr Norman explained that his wife was driving and dropped him off. Oconee dispatch also provided me with Mr Norman’s driver’s information and informed me that his driver’s license was suspended, and that Mr Norman only had a permit for driving to and from school(s), and (d)business.
Therefore, I asked Mr Norman to give me his wife’s number so I could speak to her. Mr Norman called his wife and handed me his phone to talk to her. I asked his wife if she knew where Mr Norman was and she stated she did not. When I asked her whether she had been through Watkinsville tonight, she stated that she had not. This confirmed that Mr Norman was lying about operating the motor vehicle as the driver. It should also be noted that the vehicle was not parked in the church parking lot when I passed by an hour before while patrolling.
Deputy Glen (3620) arrived on scene and also questioned Mr Norman. Mr Norman’s story changed during the course of our conversation. Mr Norman said that his wife had a friend follow her, and then picked her up and left him in the vehicle. Deputy glen asked where Mr Norman came from and he stated a funeral. It should also be noted that Mr Norman was not dressed in attire that is typically seen at funerals. He was wearing sweatpants and a long sleeve casual tshirt.
I then ordered Mr Norman to step out of the vehicle, to which he stumbled getting out of his car. The odor of alcohol was strong on his breath and when I frisked him for weapons, I noticed he was wet with urine on his pants. His eyes were also bloodshot red. Mr Norman also stated that he had not been driving because he did not have any keys to the car. However, after stepping out of the vehicle, his keys laid in between his driver’s side door and the seat. Mr Norman was therefore dishonest with me regarding having the vehicle keys in his possession.
Finally, I placed Mr Norman in handcuffs, placing him under arrest and read him implied consent. Mr Norman was arrested for DUI-less safe (40-6-391a1) and driving while license suspended (40-5-121). Mr Norman said he would go to the hospital (St Mary’s) for a blood draw at my request. I then placed Mr Norman in the back of my patrol car, and made sure he was properly secured inside with the seatbelt.
Deputy Glen and I took inventory of the vehicle and confirmed that beers were missing from the packaging, but we did not see any open container. The vehicle remained parked in the parking lot, to which we locked his vehicle and I transported his keys for him to take the jail. Mr Norman said his wife could come later to get the car.
I then gave my beginning miles to dispatch and informed them that I would be leaving the arrest location to our police department to get the blood draw kit.
After getting the blood kit, I gave dispatch my mileage, and drove straight to St Mary’s hospital in Athens. A blood drawn was performed on Mr Norman and all document required were signed by he and I in accordance with the hospital’s regulations.
Upon completion of the blood draw, I took the sealed blood kit with required documents with me, and placed Mr Norman (handcuffed) in the back of my patrol car to go the Oconee County Jail.
When I arrived at the jail, I gave dispatch my ending miles and he was booked into the jail without incident.
All of my patrol vehicle cameras and body worn camera were recording during this incident.
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