Rome man becomes irate while being arrested for DUI after crashing in Floyd County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On December 22nd, 2022, at 6:28 PM, TFC2 Trooper Perry responded to a crash on GA-20 near GA-1 Loop in Floyd County. Trooper Perry reported, “[I] approached the vehicle involved and [I] detected the strong odor of beer coming from near the vehicle.” While speaking with the driver, later identified as Larry Ryne Vanfleeren, 64, of Rome, the trooper detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. He also noticed that Mr. Vanfleeren’s speech was slurred and that he had bloodshot and watery eyes. When asked how much alcohol he had to drink that day, he said he had not consumed any alcohol. Trooper Perry reported, “[I] asked Mr. Vanfleeren if he would provide a breath sample on my PBT. He became extremely irate and refused. [I] then asked Mr. Vanfleeren if he would participate in Standardized Field Sobriety Test, to which he also refused.” Vanfleeren was then placed under arrest for DUI and refused the state blood test. While transporting Vanfleeren to the hospital to be cleared for jail, he began to claim that Trooper Perry and Cadet Smith were smoking marijuana while driving. Vanfleeren was transported to the Floyd County Jail and charged with DUI and failure to maintain a single lane.

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