A 31-year-old Athens man was arrested Tuesday night for alleged drunken driving after an officer saw him aggressively pull an SUV into traffic on East Dougherty Street, Athens-Clarke County police said.
As the officer followed the vehicle he observed it fail to yield at College Avenue, police said, and it would break excessively and then accelerate. The SUV came to a stop in a gravel area near railroad tracks at College Avenue and Ware Street, where the officer smelled an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle, police said.
The driver, whose speech was slurred and his eyes were red, police said, was arrested after he refused to submit to various sobriety tests. He was arrested and charged with DUI, failure to obey stop and yield signs and failure to use turn signals, according to police.
The officer noted in his report that the man stumbled on his way to the patrol car and was “as slow as a turtle moving,” according to police.