Thomas Courtney was arrested and charged with DUI 3rd Offense on May 9th, after a WCSO Officer clocked him going 78 in a 45 mph zone, not immediately stopping, wrong tags on the vehicle, no required interlock device, and driving on a revoked license.
Officer Matthew Maynard used radar to check the speed off a vehicle on May 9th, and found it to be traveling at 78 mph in a 45 mph zone, and attempted to make a traffic stop, however the vehicle would not immediately comply, despite full emergency equipment being activated. While in pursuit, the vehicle crossed over the fog line and drove that way for a period of time, before finally stopping an the 1000 block of Weston Drive, where the driver, identified as Thomas Patrick Courtney, exited the vehicle and was immediately noticed to be unsteady on his feet.
Police say an odor of alcohol was immediately noticed upon contact with Courtney, along with red, watery eyes, and slurred speech. Courtney refused all field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest, charged with DUI 3rd Offense, and a multitude of other charges. A records check revealed that Courtney had two prior convictions for DUI, from 03/27/18 in Wilson County, and 04/02/18 in Dekalb County.
Officers found Courtney to be driving on a revoked driver’s license, pursuant to his sentence from the 04/02/18 DUI conviction, which also required an alcohol interlock device be installed and used on his vehicle. Courtney told police this car did not belong to him. Upon further investigation, it was found the tags on the car also didn’t belong to the car. A search warrant was requested and granted for a blood draw.
Courtney was charged with DUI 3rd Offense, driving on a revoked license, speeding, failure to maintain lane, and improper use of vehicle registration. Courtney is free on a $1,200 bond via ‘Devil made me do it bonding’ and is scheduled to appear in court in August.