Cedartown man found DUI after emitting black smoke from trucks exhaust pipe on Broad Street in Rome
According to a Rome Police Department incident report, on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020, at around 2:00 AM, Officer Groover was sitting stationary in his patrol vehicle on Broad street at East 3rd Avenue observing traffic. The officer observed a White in color Chevy truck bearing a Georgia tag pass by his patrol car, appearing that it was going to stop. However, the truck accelerated suddenly through the intersection while emitting a large amount of black smoke from the exhaust pipe that reduced visibility on that side of the intersection. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Joshua Tristan Thomas, 24 of Cedartown. The officer advised Thomas of the reason for the traffic stop. Thomas said that his truck was really loud, and he was sorry. As he was speaking, Officer Groover noticed that his speech was slurred, and his eyes appeared to be glassy and bloodshot. When asked if he had anything to drink, he said no. The officer once again asked him if he had anything to drink, to which he said not a drop, and then said, well, I had two beers. Officer Cipriano responded to the scene to assist further. When asked If he would provide a breath sample on a portable intoxilaizer, he stated no because providing a breath sample would be an admission of guilt. He then went on to say to officers that he didn't want to provide a breath sample because he did not know if he was drunk or not. Mr. Thomas also stated he would end up in Alcatraz if his breath sample was above 0.08. After Thomas refused to provide a preliminary breath test, the officer asked Thomas if he would participate in field sobriety evaluations. Thomas admitted to consuming a few beers down the road, stated he did not know if he would pass the test, and he also stated he was "Pacing his beers, and I've been doing everything I'm supposed to do." Thomas stated that he would no do anything further. Thomas was placed under arrest by Officer Cipriano and transported to the Floyd County Jail charged with DUI and improper exhaust.