According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on December 1st, 2022, at 7:58 PM, Officer Newport was traveling on Berry College toward GA-1. Officer Newport reported, “As [I] was approaching the exit gate of Berry College, [I] observed a pickup truck quickly pull out in front of Investigator Lopez, who was traveling in front of me. The pickup truck was spinning its rear tires as he was turning out, causing the truck to nearly spin out of control. The truck then accelerated past the exit gate and turned right onto GA-1. As [I] approached GA-1, [I] turned right and attempted to catch up to the vehicle. As [I] was attempting to regain visual on the truck, [I] observed a pickup truck aggressively switching lanes without signaling. The vehicle appeared to cut several vehicles off as he was switching lanes. [I] activated my blue lights and audible siren and performed a traffic stop on the truck on GA-1 at the intersection of John Davenport Drive. As [I] approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, the vehicle pulled forward and began driving away at a slow speed. [I] returned to my patrol car and followed the truck, which came to a stop under the bridge on Martha Berry near the Citgo gas station.” Officer Newport then made contact which the driver, identified as Justin Evan Fox, 29, of Kingston, and could immediately smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. Officer Newport also observed Fox had glassy watery eyes. Officer Newport reported, “[I] asked Mr. FOX why he was driving the way he was driving, and he stated that he was trying to get to the hospital because his wife was having a baby. As Mr. Fox spoke to me, [I] noticed he was slurring some of his words. [I] asked Mr. Fox why he peeled out of Berry College, and he denied he was at Berry College. Shortly after, Mr. Fox admitted that he did leave Berry College. The passengers in the vehicle denied having knowledge of Mr. Fox’s wife being in labor and stated that they were coming from Armuchee and were headed to a residence out in Coosa.” During field sobriety testing, Fox showed several signs of impairment and showed a BAC of .181 on a PBT. Fox was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state test.
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