A wanna-be drift driver was arrested for driving under the influence after burning rubber and skidding across U.S. Highway 278, nearly causing an accident Friday, according to a Covington Police Department report.
Joshua Thomas, 25, of Monroe was charged with driving under the influence after an off-duty CPD officer observed him driving erratically in a silver 2007 Pontiac G6 on Hazelbrand Road around 5 p.m.
According to the report, Thomas drove at a "high rate of speed" on Hazelbrand, slamming on the brakes making the car slide sideways until it came to a stop. The car then spun its wheels, screeching across U.S. Highway 278, almost causing an accident, before pulling into the parking lot of the Sherwin Williams store.
It reportedly slammed on his breaks again, sliding sideways and almost hitting the curb.
When asked by the responding on-duty CPD officer why he had driven like that, Thomas reportedly said he was just being stupid and that he knew better.
The officer administered field sobriety tests after reportedly observing Thomas' bloodshot eyes and the smell of alcohol from his breath. When asked how much he had to drink, Thomas replied four beers.
A breathalyzer test registered a reading of .117 and .110.
Thomas was booked into the Newton County Detention Center and released on bond the next day.