According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, On February 15th, 2023, at 2:55 PM, Officer Forrister, along with Sgt. Penny responded to a single-vehicle crash on GA 20 ( Cartersville Hwy) near its intersection with Norton Road. Officers spoke with two witnesses who observed the crash and had seen the driver fail to maintain the lane. They also observed the driver, later identified as Edward Jerry Teems, 55, of Cartersville. After the crash seen, the driver retrieved a pill bottle from the crashed vehicle. Officer Forrister reported, “[I] did notice immediately that Teems had constricted pinpoint pupils. This did seem strange due to the fact it was overcast and not sunny out. Teems also appeared to have fast and excited speech. [I] did ask Teems about his eyes and also asked him questions about medication. He advised he was taking buspirone. Teems also made a comment about having taken it today for the first time in a few days due to just getting it refilled.” During Standardized Field Sobriety tests, Teems showed several signs of impairment. Officers also learned that Teems’s license was suspended. Officers then located a pill bottle labeled allergy medication that had meth inside. Teems was then transported to Floyd County Jail, charged with DUI, driving with a suspended license, and possession of meth.
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