A man was arrested for DUI and drug possession after attempting to escape Bibb County Sheriff's Deputies. The deputies were in the area of Vineville Avenue and Holt Avenue when they observed a silver Toyota driving with no tail light. It also seemed to be driving erratically just after midnight on Saturday, June 9, 2019.
Deputies attempted to pull over Rocky Hudson Warren, age 42, but he refused to stop. After a short chase, he finally stopped at the corner of Lawton Avenue and Vine Street. He then exited the car and attempted to run away on foot. However, he did not get far, and the deputies were able to take him into custody.
During his arrest, deputies observed Warren throw a glass pipe wrapped in a paper towel on the ground. He also had 3 Xanax pills in a cigarette on his person at the time of the arrest. Deputies then searched the vehicle, where they found a small bag of marijuana on the ground by the driver's door.
When deputies spoke with Warren, they observed that he was stumbling and slurring his words. He was taken to the Bibb County Jail and now faces charges of:
- Fleeing and Attempting to Elude Police
- Obstruction of a Peace Officer
- Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance
- Possession of Marijuana Less than an Ounce
- Driving While License suspended,
- Open Container, and
- driving under the influence (DUI).
If you or someone you care about faces charges of DUI, an experienced Georgia DUI attorney can defend your case and protect your rights.
Obstruction and DUI
Under O.C.G.A 16-10-24, obstruction of a law enforcement officer is a commonly connected charge to a Georgia DUI. Whether a person is intoxicated due to drugs or alcohol, the intoxication can make a person do things that he or she might not otherwise do. These "things" can constitute obstruction under Georgia law.
This includes, but is not limited to:
- disobeying an order of a law enforcement officer
- hiding or destroying evidence
- running from police
- getting out of a vehicle when not asked to, or refusing to leave a vehicle
- resisting arrest
- lying or giving false information to police
- pushing or shoving an officer without causing actual harm
The most common situation where a person is charged with obstruction happens when a person runs when confronted by police. If the officer had a legitimate reason for stopping you, you may not leave or otherwise hinder his or her investigation.
Penalties for Obstruction
A misdemeanor obstruction charge can carry a 12-month maximum sentence. It is also punishable by:
- up to a $1,000 fine
- community service
- anger management classes
- other requirements imposed by the judge
Consult an Experienced Georgia DUI Attorney
A charge of DUI, or obstruction related to a DUI, can have a serious effect on your life, your finances, and your freedom. With the help of an experienced Georgia DUI attorney at your side, you can set forth a defense that will protect those rights. Contact us today for a free consultation of your DUI case.