A young man who was recently pulled over for speeding, reportedly cried and admitted to officers, “I needed a good wake-up call because I have been doing some stupid things.”
While on routine patrol around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, Putnam County Deputy Sheriff Chris Donovan clocked a black sedan traveling at 103 mph on the Sparta Highway, according to a report from Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. Donovan had the driver of the Hyundai Elantra pull over and Deputy Todd Hudspeth arrived to assist.
While talking with the driver, Ernest Davis, Donovan reportedly smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. When he asked Davis about it, the 21-year-old began to cry and said, “please ignore it,” according to the report. When the deputy told Davis to get out of the car, Davis said, “please don’t take me to jail,” and reportedly confessed where the small amount of marijuana was as well as admitted an open beer bottle was in the console. The driver reportedly agreed to a field sobriety test, which revealed he was not impaired.
“Since you have my marijuana and my beer, can you let me go?” the young man asked the deputies, according to the report; but he was told he was under arrest. While being handcuffed, Davis began to cry loudly and dropped to his knees. While signing his citations, he made the above-mentioned statement that it was a good wake-up call.
Ernest Franklin Davis, 21, of Greensboro Road, Eatonton, was charged with possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce, speeding 103 mph in a 55 mph zone, and open container – all misdemeanors.