ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A suspected DUI driver stopped Jan. 5 on his way to a party inadvertently led police to make more arrests at the party he and friends were planning to attend.
According to police, they saw the suspect car, driven by Khari Jerome Taylor, 20, of Falling Creek Bend, Johns Creek, allegedly driving on the wrong side of Old Milton Parkway at about 1:45 a.m.
The officer noted several cars swerved out of the way to avoid crashing into the vehicle. It then turned onto Vista Forest Drive in the Pennbrooke neighborhood.
The officer followed and turned on his blue lights. He reported seeing the vehicle slow to a crawl and two passengers in the rear seats and one passenger in the front jump out of the still-moving car and run in opposite directions.
Taylor remained in the vehicle. The officer was able to arrest Taylor without incident and determined he was drunk. Other officers came to the scene and managed to locate one suspected 17-year-old passenger, who was charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol.
Taylor was charged with DUI, underage drinking and driving on the wrong side of the road.
The 17-year-old told police the group was headed to a party on Vista Forest Drive.
When police arrived at the party, they found nearly 20 people on the property, many of whom were suspected of drinking underage.
Most were between the ages of 18 and 20, and all party-goers were under 21. Fourteen were found under the influence and charged as such. Several were also charged with obstruction after they refused to comply with police.