According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On December 22nd, 2022, at 5:09 PM, Trooper Devin Story was performing stationary speed detection, utilizing a Pro Laser IV on I-75 NB MM 335, when she observed a grey 2019 Dodge Challenger traveling at 96 MPH in a 70 MPH. Trooper Story initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Jermel Dewayne Hunter, 21, of Chattanooga, TN. Trooper Story reported, “When speaking to Hunter, [I] could smell the odor of marijuana emitting from within the passenger compartment of the Challenger. Hunter would deny the presence of marijuana in the Challenger. Hunter had to be told several times to exit the Challenger from the driver’s seat. Hunter would eventually comply with the order to exit the Challenger. Outside the Challenger, Hunter would continue to deny the presence of marijuana in the Challenger. Hunter made a comment [I] was doing this because of the computer. Hunter would later advise the Tennessee Highway Patrol had charged him last month with eluding and DUI.” Sgt. Boyd and Corporal Flowers arrived and assisted with the traffic stop. Troopers located marijuana and an orange pill bottle containing two white pills (acetaminophen and hydrocodone). During field sobriety testing, Corporal Flowers, a Drug Recognition Expert, advised he observed Hunter displaying manifestations of impairment. Hunter was placed under arrest and transported to the Whitfield County Jail. Hunter was booked and charged with possession of a schedule 1 drug, possession of a schedule 2 drug, drugs not in the original container, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, DUI (drugs), reckless driving, and speeding.
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