Normally I'd ignore a story like this, but this one is so egregious I felt compelled to share, as Georgia State Rep Tom Taylor (a) blew a breathalyzer 3x the legal limit, (b) had an open bottle of alcohol in the car, (c) was carrying a handgun, (d) had four children in the car with him, and (e) all while going nearly twice the speed limit.
Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution
Georgia state Rep. Tom Taylor was arrested last week and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Rabun County.
Taylor, 54, a Dunwoody Republican, had a blood-alcohol content of .225, nearly three times the legal limit of .08, 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.
Taylor was stopped at 2:45 p.m. on April 7 for driving 72 mph in a 45 mph zone with four juveniles in his SUV, 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.”
After Taylor gave permission to search his car, officers found an empty water bottle “which smelled of alcoholic beverage,” according to the police report. After Taylor refused to comply with instructions for a field sobriety test, he was arrested and charged with DUI, possession of an open container of alcohol and speeding, the report said.
Rabun County Detention Center booking photo of Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Dunwoody.