Road check leads to DUI and meth arrest of Rome man wanted on felony
According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, on Friday, July 10th, 2020, at about 11:55 PM, Troopers and FCSO deputy were conducting an approved road check on GA 20 in the area of Old River Road in Floyd County when a motorcycle approached the road check. The motorcyclist was traveling west on GA 20, and as the motorcycle approached the road check, the driver began to slow a long distance before he reached any officers. At one point stopped in the roadway alone and not around any traffic. At that time, the driver approached TFC Battle. He was asked to produce his driver's license, but he was unable to locate them. At that time, the driver was asked to push to motorcycle to the side of the roadway and out of traffic so he could locate his driver's license. During the time he was looking for his license, he appeared to be very excited and appeared to be shaking uncontrollably as if he was very nervous or under the influence of some type of stimulant. While looking for his driver's license, the driver stated his name was Larry Wright. He continued to fumble in the saddlebags of the motorcycle but still was unable to locate any driver's license or identification. At that time, Deputy Snyder, with the Floyd County Sheriff's Office, retrieved his fingerprint scanner and checked the individual's fingerprints. While waiting for the fingerprints to return, TFC Battle asked the driver if he had anything on him or if there was anything illegal in or on the motorcycle. He stated no and that TFC Battle could search or look in the bags of the motorcycle. When asked what was in his pockets, he stated he had a little marijuana in his right front pocket and asked if he could smoke a cigarette. TFC Battle observed a cigarette pack that was unopened inside the right saddlebag of the motorcycle. He also stated that he had a pack of cigarettes in his left front pocket. At that time, TFC Battle retrieved the cigarette pack out of his left front pocket and located a small plastic bag containing crystal methamphetamine in with the cigarettes in his pocket. He stated that the marijuana was his, and he had smoked marijuana about 30 minutes prior to driving the motorcycle, but the crystal methamphetamine he had in his pocket was not his. During this time, the fingerprint scanner returned with the subject's correct name, which was Tyler Matthew Wright, 31 of Rome, and it also returned with a probation violation warrant and child support pick up order, both through Floyd County Sheriffs Office. At that time, Wright was arrested and advised of his Miranda warning, and he agreed to talk without an attorney present. Wright was also read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice for Suspects age 21 and older form the Green card. He stated that he had already told me what he was using, and he did not want to submit to the state blood test. At that time, Wright was placed in my patrol unit. There was no tag on the vehicle, and insurance could not be verified. Wright was transported to the Floyd County Jail charged with felonies for possession of methamphetamine and a probation violation. He was also charged with misdemeanors for driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, giving a false name to law enforcement, driving without a license, operating an unregistered vehicle, contempt of Superior Court, and no insurance.