LaGrange Police have arrested a man on several traffic offenses after he allegedly attempted to avoid a traffic safety checkpoint simply by reversing away. Monday night about 9:30 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department were working a traffic safety checkpoint near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Murphy Avenue when they encountered a silver Chevy Cobalt.
The vehicle was seen coming around the curve of Fourth Avenue and then it came to a sudden stop just a hundred feet from where officers conducting the checkpoint.
Police say the vehicle then sat in the roadway for several seconds as officers waved for it to come through and keep moving. The driver then suddenly reversed back down Fourth Avenue in an obvious attempted to avoid the checkpoint.
Officers began to follow the Chevy as it continued to back up, crossing into the opposite lane and then over the curb. The driver then abandoned the vehicle and his female passenger, attempting to flee on foot.
The suspect ran toward the woods, but eventually gave up when officers threatened to release a K9 as he reached the wood line.
The suspect, Leroy John Morgan, was then taken into custody, at which point officers observed a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath.
Morgan admitted to having been drinking. He claimed he had only consumed three beers, but drank them in the last 30 minutes. Morgan also admitted to not have a valid driver’s license.
Police say Morgan showed multiple indicators for alcohol impairment, so he was transported to the WellStar West Georgia Medical Center for a consensual blood alcohol test.
As a result, Morgan, age 49, was then transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Less Safe, Improper Backing on Roadway, Failure to Maintain Lane, Driving without a Valid Driver’s License, and Obstruction of Officers.
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