Rome man arrested for DUI after driving high with 4-year-old daughter on Hwy 27 in Chattooga County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On June 30th, 2023, at 10:44 PM, Corporal Flowers was patrolling on GA-1 near Scott Hill Road when he noticed a white Ford Taurus traveling southbound in the left lane, with excessive noise from the vehicle’s exhaust. Corporal Flowers reported, “As [I] was approaching the vehicle from the rear, [I] noticed the vehicle was swerving side to side and touched the yellow line twice. [I] then noticed the vehicle merge over into the right lane, and the driver failed to use his turn signal.” The trooper conducted a traffic stop and approached the driver-side window. Corporal Flowers immediately noticed a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Corporal Flowers also noticed a female passenger in the front right seat and a 4-year-old female in her child safety seat in the rear seat. The driver was identified as Rodney Lee Dunn, 42, of Rome. Corporal Flowers asked him if he had smoked any marijuana and if there was any marijuana on him. He stated he had just smoked some marijuana, and he had some in his pocket. The trooper was able to recover a cigarette box that contained several small hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes and a small bag of marijuana. During field sobriety tests, Dunn showed several signs of impairment that would be less safe for him to operate a vehicle safely. Dunn was placed under arrest for DUI and refused the state test. Dunn was transported to the Chattooga County Jail and charged with DUI, DUI child endangerment, failure to maintain a single lane, and failure to signal lane change.

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