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A trip from Walton to Rockdale ends in DUI

A man was arrested Sept. 11 for a DUI after speeding out of Walton County into Rockdale County.

Shortly after 8 p.m., a Rockdale County Sheriff’s deputy noticed a vehicle traveling from Walton County on Ga. Highway 20 traveling at 62 mph in a 45 mph speed zone.

The man was pulled over and identified as James Kenneth Price. While speaking with Price, the deputy noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from the car. When asked if he had been drinking, Price first stated he had not before changing his story and admitting to drinking a couple of 6 oz. Budweiser beers hours before.

The deputy then conducted several field sobriety tests, which Price reportedly failed. Price later blew .146 on the breathalyzer. He was arrested and taken to the Rockdale County Jail and citations were issued for speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and open container.

Traffic stop results in underage drinking arrest

On Sept. 12, a deputy observed a silver Lincoln Town Car pass two vehicles using the right turn lane on Chambers Drive in an unsafe manner. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver accelerated instead of stopping in an apparent attempt to elude the officer. The car reportedly stopped in the Creek Crossing where the deputy asked Mason Davis Hodnett, 18, "What’s the hurry?"

Hodnett reportedly told the officer he was attempting to beat his curfew. While conversing with Hodnett, the deputy reportedly smelled an odor on the suspect’s breath. The deputy reportedly preformed several field sobriety tests, which Hodnett passed. He was then asked for a breath sample in a portable intoxilyzer machine, but Hodnett reportedly refused.

When the deputy grabbed Hodnett’s wrist, his body reportedly became rigid and tense and the deputy was forced to push him onto the hood of the patrol car where we could gain control of Hodnett’s arms. Hodnett was transported to the Rockdale County Jail and was charged with underage consumption of alcohol, fleeing/attempting to elude and passing on the shoulder of the roadway.

Mother threatened outside store

An enraged man reportedly threatened to strike a mother outside of Publix on Ga. Highway 20.

While carrying her 1-year-old into the store, the victim reportedly passed a man who was having an argument on his cell phone. During the argument, the man was reportedly using foul language. When the woman told the man to "watch his language," the man reportedly yelled at the woman and raised his hand as if he were going to strike her.

She ran inside and told one of the employees to call the police. When the officers arrived, the suspect had already fled the scene.