Rome man arrested after crashing into ditch while DUI in Gordon County
According to a Georgia State Patrol crash report, on Sunday, October 11th, 2020, at approximately 8:30 PM, Trooper Daniel was dispatched to a single-vehicle crash on Liberty Road. The crash was called in by a passerby that stated the vehicle left the roadway striking a ditch and a driveway. The caller also advised the driver was walking away from the scene wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt. Trooper Daniel arrived on scene moments later and approached the driver, Joseph Eric Warren, 28 of Rome, who was wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt. Trooper Daniel received Warren's license and asked how the crash occurred. Warren stated he came around the curve and lost control of the 2014 Ford Focus. As Mr. Warren spoke, I saw his eyes to be very watery and his body to be sweaty. Trooper Daniel reported, "While Mr. Warren walked to the car, his movements were slow as if his balance was altered." "As [I] spoke to Mr. Warren more, [I] could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath." When asked, Warren stated he had some drinks with his friends about an hour prior to driving. Warren agreed to perform field sobriety testing after being medically cleared. According to the report, Warren displayed six out of six clues on HGN with a lack of convergence in both eyes. Warren then displayed three out of four clues on the one-leg-stand test. Warren displayed a positive reading on the Alcohol-Sensor of .150. Warren agreed to the state-administered blood test. Warren advised the trooper that his blood would come back with both alcohol and marijuana in his system. Warren was transported to Gordon Advent Health for the blood draw and then to Gordon County Jail charged with DUI, too fast for conditions, and failure maintain lane.