According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on February 10th, 2023, at 7:41 PM, Officer McMeekin responded to the area of GA-101 near Isbell Road in regards to a vehicle crash where a vehicle left the roadway and struck a telephone pole. Once Officer McMeekin made contact with the driver and the vehicle, he noticed that the vehicle did not strike the pole but did drive over and damage a raised concrete area where a mailbox was in. Officer McMeekin made contact with the driver, who was identified as John Anthony Mathis, 55, of Rome. Officer McMeekin reported, “[I] then asked John if everything was alright and asked if he was by himself, and he advised yes. [I] continued to speak to John when Floyd 911 advised that a male passenger exited the vehicle after the wreck and began walking southbound near Ga 101. [I] then asked Floyd 911 if the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office could help find the male. [I] then asked John why he lied to me, and he advised that he wasn’t but then ultimately advised he was giving a male a ride home from a store on Dean Ave. John then told me as he was driving down the road, the lights on his truck quit working, and that is when he panicked and ultimately went off the road. [I] then asked John if he had been having issues with his lights, and he advised yes. While speaking to John, [I] could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. [I] then asked John if he had drunk anything, and he advised no, but then [I] asked nothing at all, and he advised he had drunk a beer earlier. [I] then asked him to define earlier, and he advised about 1 hour ago. [I] then asked what kind of drink did he have, and he advised a Bud Ice.” During standard field sobriety tests, John showed several signs of impairment and showed positive for alcohol on a PBT. John was placed under arrest for DUI and refused the state test. John was then transported to the Floyd County Jail.
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