Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to the Access Road after a driver contacted 911 and told dispatchers she had observed a truck weaving and travelling on the wrong side of the road, causing other traffic to run off the road, to prevent an accident from happening. The vehicle was reportedly going no faster than 15 m.p.h.
Deputies responded to the location and reportedly found the truck the woman had described. They observed the driver traveling at a slow speed and also noticed it stopping at a red light far past the stop bar on the road. When the driver turned onto Crowell Road, he allegedly did so into oncoming traffic, nearly causing an accident once again, according to reports.
The deputies attempted to stop the man by activating their emergency lights, but the driver reportedly ignored them. He allegedly continued driving on Crowell and, at one point, crossed over into the opposite lane of traffic, then weaving in and out of the lanes of traffic continuously. The driver eventually noticed the deputies behind him and stopped his vehicle. But instead of pulling onto the side of the road, he reportedly stopped his truck in the center of the road.
When the deputies approached the vehicle, they made contact with 63-year-old Robert Lee Ray. They allegedly smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from him and noticed his eyes appeared bloodshot and glassy, according to reports. Ray was asked for his license several times, and then deputies asked the elderly man if he was all right since he reportedly appeared confused.
Ray allegedly told them he had messed up and then started fumbling through his wallet, apparently looking for his license. Reports indicate his speech was slurred and his movements slow. He reportedly dropped his wallet into the floorboard of his vehicle and was unable to reach it. Deputies asked him to step out of the truck and walk to the back of the vehicle. They decided not to perform sobriety tests due to Ray's state of intoxication, according to reports.
Deputies allege Ray leaned against the back of the vehicle to keep his balance, and when asked how much he had been drinking, he reportedly said "Too much, I know I'm drunk." While speaking with Ray deputies were informed he had possibly been involved in a hit and run accident with another vehicle and deputies allegedly saw what they believed was transfer paint on Ray's vehicle, consistent with a recent accident.
Ray was placed under arrest and charged with DUI and placed in a patrol car. The deputy began to read him the implied consent notice and he reportedly said, "I know I'm drunk, you don't have to read that, I know I'm drunk." The deputy told Ray several times that it was required by him to read Ray the consent notice and he should listen to it but Ray allegedly kept interrupting the deputy and saying, "I know I messed up; I'll do whatever you need me to."
According to reports, Ray urinated on himself while sitting in the patrol car and acted as if he were going to vomit. While en-route to the Newton County Detention Center Ray allegedly kept asking the deputy to "fix him some food" and laughed out loud for no reason several times.
When he arrived at the jail he reportedly blew a .204. He was given a bath and a change of clean clothes and charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane and driving on the wrong side of roadway.