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Summerville man arrested for driving under the influence by the Georgia State Patrol

Updated: Jun 25

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, on Sunday, June 14th, 2020, at 6:06 PM, a lookout was given by Chattooga E911 regarding a vehicle that was traveling north on GA-1 near Underwood Drive. The lookout indicated the vehicle was all over the roadway and had hit the curb a couple of times as it traveled north before turning onto Maffett Street. As Trooper Smith approached the vehicle, it was facing east in the westbound lane, and the driver began backing up on the wrong side of the road. Emergency equipment was activated on Trooper Smith's patrol vehicle as the vehicle pulled into a private drive, just west of Walker Street. As Trooper Smith approached the driver, he recognized him as Billy Joe Dooley, 53 of Rome. Trooper Smith immediately smelled a strong odor of alcohol and observed Dooley's eyes to be bloodshot, as well as his speech slurred. Dooley was asked to exit the vehicle and stand adjacent to it. During this time, Trooper Smith observed him to be unsteady on his feet. A preliminary breath sample was given, indicating a positive (.160) for alcohol. Dooley stated that it had been about 30 minutes since he last consumed any alcohol. A Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test was performed on Dooley with the observance of 6 clues. During the test, the suspect was unable to keep his head still while attempting to follow Trooper Smith's fingertip with his eyes. Dooley was placed under arrest for DUI and read the Implied Consent Notice Suspects Age 21 or Over, asking for a blood test. Dooley indicated to Trooper Smith that he would refuse the state test for blood. Dooley was transported to the Chattooga County Jail for processing and released to their custody without incident. Dooley, who is local business owner left the scene of a crash in Summerville while intoxicated back in 2016. Dooley has several arrest in both Chattooga and Floyd County.