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Posted: April 8, 2014 8:14 p.m.

Spinning his wheels

A Covington man was arrested after he allegedly drove drunk with an open bottle of whisky in a truck and tried to make his passenger switch seats with him.

Around 1 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, a Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputy noticed a Ford truck spinning its wheels at a red traffic light on Salem Road and Wall Street. “As the light turned green the truck continued to spin tires causing the rear end to fishtail in the roadway,” wrote the reporting deputy.

The deputy pulled the truck over for a traffic stop in the Ingles parking lot. When the deputy came to the driver’s side, a 19-year-old white female was in the driver’s seat. However, as she was taken outside for questioning, she told the deputy “she was not going to get in trouble for this and stated that... the male in the passenger seat, made her switch seats with him when they pulled into the Ingles parking lot.”

The male passenger, Shane Seabold, 24, of Covington, admitted to switching seats. He reportedly was on probation for burglary and “did not want a DUI on his record.”

During field sobriety testing, Seabold reportedly lost his balance during the instructions, missed steps on the walk and turn and swayed on the one leg stand.

An open bottle of whisky was reportedly found in the passenger side door and a 12-pack of Bud Light beer, which had several beers missing, was also in the truck.

Seabold was booked into the Rockdale County jail, where he blew a 0.105 and 0.108. The legal limit in Georgia is 0.08. He was charged for Driving Under the Influence, Open Container and Laying Drags.

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