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Man receives second DUI charge in matter of weeks

COVINGTON — A deputy pulled over a driver suspected of driving under the influence only to learn the man had received another DUI a few weeks earlier.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jacob Rice was patrolling the area of Flat Shoals Road and the Covington Bypass around 8 p.m. Friday when he noticed a Honda Accord traveling on Flat Shoals without working tag lights and a rear taillight that was also not working. When the deputy got behind the vehicle, he noticed it weaving in and out of its lane of travel several times, according to the incident report.

Rice pulled over the vehicle and asked the driver, Jemarreo Awinta Horton of 10130 Allen Drive, for his drivers license.

Horton instead handed him his automatic license suspension paperwork from a DUI arrest he received a few weeks earlier from the Georgia State Patrol, the incident report states.

“Mr. Horton exhibited blood shot eyes and I smelled the presence of alcohol emitting from inside the vehicle,” the deputy reported. “Mr. Horton advised me that he had three beers to drink (that night) and later told me that he had taken a Percocet before driving.”

Rice arrested the 29-year-old Horton and charged him with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.