COVINGTON — A Newton County man charged in the traffic death of a 78-year-old Covington woman as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol a few years ago has again been charged with DUI.
Covington Police Department Officer Chad Payne was patrolling in the area of Walgreens at Elm Street and U.S. Highway 278 around 2 a.m. Sunday when he heard skidding tires and saw a red Dodge Ram pickup truck rear-end a gray Honda Passport that was stopped at a traffic light.
Sgt. Asher Dozier arrived on the scene and began speaking with the driver of the Dodge, Ricky Todd Guice. Dozier reported that he noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the truck and that Guice’s eyelids were very droopy.
Guice reportedly told Dozier that he had just left Taco Bell and that he had consumed two beers at 5 O’clock Somewhere between midnight at 1:50 a.m.
After running Guice’s license through dispatch, Dozier asked the man where he was traveling.
“He stated, ‘McDonald’s to get something to eat.’ Sgt. Dozier pointed out that Guice stated that he had just come from Taco Bell and Guice kept saying that he ‘doesn’t like tacos, sorry’ and that he ‘wanted some chicken nuggets, sorry,’” the incident report states.
Dozier then performed a series of field sobriety tests on Guice, during which it appeared to the officer that Guice appeared to nod off and fall asleep.
“Officer Payne placed Guice under arrest and read Guice implied consent,” the report states. “Guice appeared to nod off while Officer Payne was reading implied consent.”
Guice, 41, who provided an address of P.O. Box 1035, Oxford, was transported to the Newton County Detention Center and was issued citations for DUI and following too closely.
Guice was also arrested in March 2012 in connection with a 2011 crash on Ga. Highway 162 that killed a Covington woman and hospitalized several others. He was charged at that time with homicide by vehcile, DUI and improper lane usage.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, Guice was driving a 2005 Ford pickup southbound on Ga. 162 when he crossed the center line in a curve and struck a northbound 1998 Chevrolet Prizm. His vehicle then struck a northbound 200 Dodge Neon, which resulted in the death of 78-year-old Sarah M. Belcher.
Four other Covington residents, including Guice, were transported to area hospitals for their injuries.