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Posted: February 13, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Motorcyclist charged with DUI

A man was arrested and charged with DUI after reportedly crashing his motorcycle while trying to pull out of a bar Monday.

A report from the Covington Police Department said an officer responded to The Depot bar at U.S. Highway 278 and Emory Street just after midnight, and found Joshua Suttles lying on the ground beside his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Two witnesses at the scene told the officer that they saw Suttles pull out of The Depot bar parking lot and turn left onto Emory Street, "goosing the throttle of the motorcycle and swerving in the road," the report said. However, witnesses said Suttles almost lost control of his bike due to his reckless driving and speeding.

"(The witness) said Suttles approached the intersection of U.S. Highway 278 making a right turn, still ribbing the up the engine while making the turn causing the motorcycle to jerk back and forth, " the report stated.

The witness then said Suttles then lost control of the motorcycle, which caused him to be knocked off and the motorcycle to fall on his leg. The report said one of the witnesses went to help Settles, while the other one called 911 for help.

The officer reported that Suttles had some minor injuries, including a bloody nose and blood coming from his mouth. But the officer reported that the man was coherent.

"While speaking with Suttles, it was apparent that he had been drinking due to the strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath," the report stated.

After the officer conducted several field sobriety tests, Suttles was placed under arrest. According to the report, Suttles also completed a breathalyzer tests. His registered blood alcohol level initial was a .237, but then found to be a .254 during the second test.

He was charged with DUI, reckless driving and making an improper turn. He was taken to the Newton County Jail.

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