Man Asks Deputy to Check for Active Warrant after Reportedly Driving to Sheriff's Office Intoxicated
Central communications confirmed an active warrant for failure to appear on traffic charges before the man was placed under arrest and charged with DUI.
A Winder man who drove to the Barrow County Sheriff's Office on Jan. 1, 2013, to find out if there was an active warrant for his arrest was charged with DUI after a deputy smelled alcohol on his breath.
According to an incident report, 29-year-old Adam Mark Zornig met with a deputy to find out if there was a warrant for his arrest out of Athens-Clarke County. When the deputy had central communications run the man's information, his license returned as suspended and central communications confirmed an active warrant for failure to appear on traffic charges.
When the deputy returned to speak with the individual, the deputy detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person and breath. The man also had glassy, red eyes. The deputy then asked the suspect how he had gotten to the sheriff's office and whether he had anything to drink, to which the suspect replied he had driven his roommate's vehicle and had something to drink the night prior.
"While speaking with Mr. Zornig, I noticed his speech to be slurred and he was slow in answering my questions," the deputy wrote in the incident report. "I had Mr. Zornig come inside the building, at which time he voluntarily agreed to participate in standard field sobriety exercises."
A breath sample the suspect provided tested positive for a blood alcohol level of .184. Zornig was then placed under arrest before being transported to the Barrow County Detention Center. He was charged with driving while license suspended or revoked and driving under the influence of alcohol.
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