Hughes arrested again; faces DUI, other charges
after a traffic stop Saturday night
Monday, January 16, 2023
Jeffery Lance Hughes, 50, of Sitton Road, Calhoun (pictured), was arrested by the Georgia State Patrol on Saturday, Jan. 14, on a slew of new charges, including DUI and Possession, nearly a year after his arrest in an unrelated hit-and-run incident in Plainville that killed a bicyclist.
According to the GSP Department of Public Safety incident report, just after 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, a trooper was on patrol on GA 156 near Harris Beamer Road, when he observed a large white truck (a 2009 GMC Sierra) traveling on the highway. The trooper noticed a large amount of damage to the windshield, and after it passed, saw that it had damage to its taillights and no taillight covers on the passenger side. The report states the truck appeared to be traveling at approximately 65 – 70mph. The trooper quickly turned around and was eventually able to see the vehicle braking; turning onto Sitton Road then coming to a stop.
The trooper exited his patrol car and approached the driver’s window and requested the driver’s license. The driver was identified as Jeffery Hughes and the trooper noted several firearms in the vehicle while speaking to Hughes, and that Hughes appeared nervous. The trooper asked Hughes what he was doing that night, and Hughes replied he was going to a pond to shoot beavers. The trooper noted as he continued to speak to Hughes, Hughes’ speech was fast, he had dilated pupils and beads of sweat around the edge of his hat. The trooper asked Hughes if there was anything illegal in the vehicle and Hughes stated there was not.
The trooper, noting that Hughes may be under the influence of a CNS stimulant, asked Hughes to exit the vehicle; he asked Hughes if he had any other guns on his person or drugs. Hughes replied he did not. The trooper advised Hughes that he appeared to be very abnormally nervous, and Hughes told the trooper it was because he had the guns. The trooper patted Hughes down, and noticed he became more nervous and began shaking. The trooper asked the man several more times if there was anything Hughes wanted to tell him, and Hughes answered “yes,” then “no.” Upon open-handed patting Hughes’ top jacket pocket, the trooper felt what he immediately identified as a meth pipe. The trooper asked Hughes if he was sure that the pipe wasn’t what had him so nervous. Hughes then began pleading and begging with the trooper “please don’t, sir.” Hughes told the trooper that he has “some bad stuff going on right now” and advised the trooper it had to do with a hit and run.
The trooper asked Hughes about the last time he used, and Hughes told him it was earlier in the day. The trooper then asked Hughes how long he had a problem. Hughes responded that he didn’t have a problem and that he does not use very often; that he only uses every once in a blue moon and this just happened to be one of the blue moons.
The trooper then had Hughes perform a series of standardized field sobriety tests and noted Hughes was unable to balance and made improper turns. The trooper asked Hughes if he only does meth every once in a while, why doesn’t he put himself in a program to get off the drug. Hughes told the trooper that he should. Hughes was then placed under arrest for DUI. While the trooper was handcuffing Hughes, the man began to plead with the trooper and stated he was “right here at his house.” He asked the trooper to “please do not do this;” the trooper advised Hughes that he was not doing that, that Hughes did this. Hughes told the trooper he understood.
The trooper then read Hughes Georgia’s implied consent notice for suspects age 21 or over and requested a blood test, and Hughes agreed to the test. The trooper asked Hughes if he had a cell phone to call someone to pick up his vehicle. Hughes told the trooper that he had a cell phone in the truck. The trooper then walked Hughes to the back of his patrol car and asked him if he had anything else illegal on his person and warned him that if anything illegal was found at the jail, he could possibly be charged with a felony. Hughes told the trooper that he had something in a top jacket pocket. After further examination, in the bottom of the top jacket pocket, the trooper located a clear plastic baggie that contained a white crystal substance that appeared to be Methamphetamine (meth).
The trooper retrieved Hughes cell phone and then called Hughes’ wife to get her to pick up his truck. Upon Hughes telling her what he was being charged with, she immediately began to cry and became very upset, according to the report. She said that she would have to bring their 8-year-old daughter down with her. The trooper advised against it because he did not want the daughter to see her father in that situation. Hughes then had his wife put their daughter on the phone, and the trooper noted it appeared that Hughes was trying to use his daughter to guilt the trooper into letting Hughes go. Shortly afterwards, a neighbor was able to retrieve Hughes’ truck.
After completing the investigation at the scene, the trooper transported Hughes to the hospital for the blood draw. At the hospital, Hughes asked the trooper if it was too late to refuse the blood test. The trooper advised Hughes that he could refuse at any time and asked if he would like to be read the implied consent again. Hughes stated he would and the trooper again read to Hughes, at his request, the implied consent several more times and requested a blood test. Hughes again agreed to the blood test. After the test was complete, Hughes was transported to Gordon County Jail for booking.
At press time Monday Jan. 15, 2023, Hughes remained housed in Gordon County Jail on charges of felony Possession and Use of Drug Related Objects; DUI; felony Unlawful for Any Person to Purchase/Possess; Tail Light violation; Windshield/Windshield Wiper violation. He was denied bond on Monday by the Magistrate Court and will now have to request bond in Superior Court. A $50,000 property bond from the March 2022 arrest is still in effect for his previous charges.
As readers may remember, in February 2022, an Adairsville man succumbed to injuries he received after he was hit by what appeared to be a dump truck while riding his bike on Saturday night, Feb. 5, 2022.
GSP Post 43 Calhoun was requested to investigate that hit-and-run crash on Hwy. 53 and Brownlee Mountain Road near Plainville. At the time, the GSP said a possible older model orange cab dump truck with a black bed was traveling south on Hwy. 53 in the center turn lane while approaching Brownlee Mountain Road. The report states that 52-year-old Michael Shane Robbins, of an Adairsville address, was on a bicycle in the center turn lane near Brownlee Mountain Road. The truck struck the bicycle in the rear tire. After impact, the vehicle fled the scene. Robbins was transported to Erlanger Medical in Chattanooga by LifeForce, where he was listed in serious condition. On Feb. 9, the GSP received information from family members that Robbins had succumbed to his injuries the previous day. In early March 2022, it was announced by the GSP that Hughes was wanted in connection to hit-and-run, and put out a BOLO on March 5. Hughes turned himself in early Monday, March 7, 2022. At the time he turned himself in, Hughes was charged with Felony 1st Degree Homicide by Vehicle; Felony Tampering with Evidence; Hit-and-Run; Duty Upon Striking a Fixture; and Operation of Vehicle Without Current Plate in connection with the hit and run. Hughes has not been indicted on those charges at press time.