Rome felon found to be DUI and in possession of a gun after being stopped for loud music
According to a Rome Police Department incident report on Sunday, September 13th, 2020, at approximately 2:04 AM, Sgt. Hutchins was actively patrolling in the area of Shorter Avenue and Burnett Ferry Road. Sgt. Hutchins observed a dark-colored Nissan Altima leave the Hookah Lounge, with loud music coming from the vehicle. Sgt. Hutchins initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, which continued down Williamson Street and pulled into a driveway. The driver, later identified as Marcus Dwayne Ragland, 28 of Rome, was wearing a white tank top, immediately exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Sgt. Hutchins reported, "Due to heavy radio traffic, [I] was unable to get on the patrol radio and advise E911 prior to attempting to stop the vehicle, so [I] did not attempt to give chase without E911 and my co-workers knowing where [I] was at." Once the radio traffic subsided, the officer informed E911 of all the information. PFC Harrell arrived, and as we began a K9 track, PFC Glover located the suspect, Ragland caught up in a bobbed wire fence, located on Paris Dr. near Marchmont St., a short distance away. PFC Glover assisted Ragland from the fence and placed him into custody. PFC Glover stated while making contact with Ragland, a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage and marijuana was coming from his person. Also, marijuana was found on Ragland. Ragland locked the vehicle as he fled the traffic stop. According to the report, through the window, officers could see an open bottle of beer, as well as plastic sandwich baggies, which are commonly used for packaging and selling illegal narcotics. While searching the vehicle incident to arrest, approximately 6 grams of marijuana was found in a Tupperware container, a suspected marijuana cigarette, a Taurus handgun with two fully loaded extended magazines, and $725.00 in cash were found and seized as evidence. Sgt. Hutchins read Ragland Georgia Implied Consent, at which time he refused the required state test of his blood. Ragland also refused to perform standardized field sobriety. Ragland was transported to the Floyd County Jail, where he was booked in on the charges of possession of marijuana (Less than 1 ounce), possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, misdemeanor obstruction of a law enforcement officer, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving on suspended license, loud music from a vehicle, and open container.