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An Athens helmet law stop results in a man's drunk driving arrest

An astute Athens Police Officer decided to pull over a male scooter driver on Wednesday, Jan. 24 after noticing that his female passenger wasn't wearing a helmet in accordance with Georgia state law.

Soon after the pair was detained, officers approached the bike and asked its operator for identification. The incident report in the matter states that officers became suspicious of motorist as he was taking a long time to locate and turn over his license. When he eventually handed it over, police discovered that it had been suspended.

It was reportedly as they were placing the man under arrest that for operating the vehicle with a suspended license that officers noted a hint of alcohol on the man's breath. It's then that the scooter operator was asked to take part in a number of different field sobriety tests. He reportedly failed each of them.

Officers once again placed the man in handcuffs then carted him off to jail, where he was later booked on suspicion of drunk driving and for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. The female passenger, also from Athens, received a citation for riding on the scooter without a helmet and was released to head home from the scene.

Anytime someone is charged with driving under the influence (DUI), it can be difficult to fight such charges. However, stops for drunk driving under aggravated circumstances such as having had prior DUI convictions or operating the vehicle with a suspended license can result in penalties that are far worse. When learning more about your case, an Athens license suspension attorney can advise you of your rights.

Source: Athens Banner-Herald, "Scooter driver arrested for DUI," Red Denty, Jan. 26, 2018