Ringgold man found passed out drunk behind the wheel after leaving wedding Saturday afternoon
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff's Office incident report, on August 29th, 2020, at approximately 9:15 PM, a deputy was dispatched to the Food Lion at 2709 Chattanooga Road in reference to a driver that appeared to have fallen asleep at the wheel in the parking lot. A concerned store employee observed the male, later identified as Jackson Dewayne Hughes, 21 of Ringgold, sitting in the driver seat and was unable to wake him up. Brady Walters, a fireman who was the first on the scene, advised the deputy that when he arrived, the vehicle was in "drive," and Hughes had passed out with his foot on the brake. Walters stated that he had to sternum rub Hughes in order to wake him up. The deputy observed the vehicle parked caddy-corner, taking up two parking spaces. When first responders asked Hughes if he knew where he was at, he stated that he was at a church. EMS spoke with Hughes, refused medical treatment, and he was cleared. The deputy began speaking with Hughes. The deputy observed Hughes have droopy and bloodshot eyes. The deputy reported he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage as he spoke with Hughes. When asked, Hughes stated that he had consumed three shots of whiskey at 4:00 PM before driving to this location from a wedding. The deputy had Hughes step out of the vehicle where he had difficulty balancing and almost fell over. The deputy grabbed his arm, keeping him from falling. The deputy conducted the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus evaluation. Hughes had difficulty tracking the stimulus at times and was swaying during the entire evaluation. When the deputy asked him if he could do the walk and turn test Hughes responded, "Sir, I've been drinking." The one leg evaluation was stopped due to safety concerns. Hughes was placed under arrest for DUI. Hughes was read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice and refused to test. While searching his vehicle, an opened 750ML bottle of Skyy vodka with a small amount left was found in the passenger floorboard area. Hughes was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with DUI less safe and open container.