Post Super Bowl Passing Causes Arrest

LaGrange Police have arrested a man who drunkenly crashed into a parked vehicle after the Super Bowl late Sunday night.

Sunday night about 10:45 p.m., officers with the La-Grange Police Department responded to the 900 block of Troup Street in reference to an auto collision.

Officers arrived and spoke to Tony Pickett, who was determined to have struck a parked, unoccupied vehicle.

Pickett stated he was travelling south on Troup Street and attempted to pass a parked vehicle, but got too close and made contact with other car. The front passenger side bumper of his vehicle made contact with the front passenger side bumper of the other vehicle.

Both vehicles sustained extensive damage.

The driver of the other vehicle stated she had pulled up to this residence on the wrong side of the roadway and was dropping people off. Her vehicle was not under power or occupied at the time of the collision.

While investigating the incident, police detected an odor of alcohol coming from Pickett’s breath. He also appeared to be having to lean against his vehicle to stand. Police believe Pickett was also attempting to mask the smell of alcohol by smoking cigarettes vigorously.

Pickett later told police that he had been to a Super Bowl party and had consumed several beers over a period of two hours.

Pickett then agreed to take some sobriety tests to determine if he was safe to drive. As a result of the tests, Pickett was determined to be impaired to the point that he was an unsafe driver. A portable breath test also tested well over the legal limit for alcohol with a result of .204 BAC.

Pickett was then placed under arrest and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he submitted to an official breath test with a result of .213 BAC, more than twice the legal limit.

Pickett, age 42, was then booked into the Troup County Jail charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Less Safe, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – .08 grams or More, and Improper Passing.