Gun on his hip, 4 kids in his SUV; lawmaker lied to cop about boozing
From Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Georgia state Rep. Tom Taylor on Thursday said he will work to regain the trust of his constituents after being arrested for driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit.
Taylor, 54, a Dunwoody Republican, had a blood-alcohol content of .225 when arrested April 7 with four children in his SUV and while wearing a gun in Rabun County, according to a Clayton Police Department incident report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Taylor’s arrest was first reported Thursday by The Clayton Tribune.
“I profoundly regret this mistake,” Taylor said in a statement to the AJC. “There’s no one to blame but me, and I greatly appreciate the professionalism of the officers involved. This was my first run-in with the law in my life and it will also be my last.”
Taylor was stopped at 2:45 p.m. for driving 72 mph in a 45 mph zone, according to the police report. Officer Michael Bennett reported that Taylor exited his vehicle and was legally carrying a gun on his hip. Bennett said Taylor had “an overwhelming odor of alcohol,” but denied that he had anything to drink.
The officer said in his report that Taylor’s face “was very red and eyes were bloodshot.” .…MORE
Had his booze in a water bottle
CLAYTON, GA (04/16/2016) – Georgia state Rep. Tom Taylor was arrested last week on charges of DUI in Rabun County.
A Clayton City police officer pulled Taylor over on April 7 for speeding.
Police said the vehicle Taylor was driving ran over a curb and instead of pulling into the parking lot of a business, it pulled over right on the fog line.
Taylor got out of his car and when asked by the officer to return to his vehicle and pull into a parking lot of a business, Taylor told police he was going to stay where he was. At a second request, Taylor got back into his vehicle.
When asked if he had a weapon, Taylor said he did have a weapon on his side, which he did have a license to carry.
The officer smelled an overwhelming odor of alcohol while speaking with Taylor and asked how much he had to drink, according to police.
Taylor told the officer that he had “none at all.”
The officer noticed Taylor`s face was very red and his eyes were bloodshot and the officer told Taylor that he could smell the presence of alcohol coming from his breath.
Taylor told the officer that he drank a lot last night and he might still be hung over, but not drunk.
A police sergeant that had responded to the scene searched the vehicle and found an empty deer park water bottle which smelled of alcoholic beverage. ….MORE