Ringgold man arrested for DUI after crashing truck into ditch in Catoosa County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On February 9th, 2023, at 1:03 PM, Trooper Day was dispatched to a single-vehicle crash on Poplar Springs Road in Catoosa County. The driver, identified as Bobby Christopher Wilson, 47, of Ringgold, advised Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Rogers that he swerved to miss a deer which resulted in him traveling off the roadway and crashing his 2021 Chevy Silverado. Trooper Day reported, “While speaking with Deputy Rogers, [I] immediately smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. Deputy Rogers also advised me that there was a red liquid substance that had the odor of an alcoholic beverage covering the dashboard and front passenger area of the vehicle. Deputy Rogers advised that the liquid substance appeared to come from an opened wine bottle that was located on the ground near the passenger side window of the vehicle.” Trooper Day reported he observed Wilson showing several signs of impairment throughout his initial contact. As Wilson spoke, Trooper Day smelled the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. Mr. Wilson then advised that he had been drinking the night before at Jonathan’s Grill until 2:00 AM this morning. Mr. Wilson continued denying that he had consumed any alcoholic beverages since. Wilson then showed a BAC of .158 on a Preliminary Breath Test (PBT). During standard field sobriety tests, Wilson showed several signs of impairment and a BAC of .211 on a PBT. Wilson was then placed under arrest and stated, “I’m going to call my lawyer.” At this time, Wilson remained silent and became slightly combative when asked again to reply to implied consent. Mr. Wilson replied that he wanted to call his lawyer, in which TFC2 Day attempted to remove Mr. Wilson’s phone from his hands while explaining that he was not going to be able to contact his lawyer at this time. I then proceeded to tell Mr. Wilson to turn around, and I ordered him to place his hands behind his back, to which he complied. After Mr. Wilson was placed in handcuffs, TFC2 Day questioned Mr. Wilson if he would submit to the state-administered chemical test of his blood, which Mr. Wilson continued stating, “I want to speak to my lawyer.” Wilson was booked into the Catoosa County Jail, charged with DUI, failing to maintain a single lane, and an open container violation.

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