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RCSO arrests 19-year-old believed to be driving under influence of drugs

CONYERS — A Conyers man believed to have been driving while under the influence of multiple drugs was arrested near Salem High School last week.

A citizen who was traveling on Ga. Highway 20 behind the truck driven by Charles Saxon Compton, 19, called 911 to report being concerned that he was under the influence of alcohol.

Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputies located Compton as he turned onto Honey Creek Road and pulled him over near the entrance to Salem High, the incident report states.

Deputy Nathan Watts, who is a certified Drug Recognition Expert, stated in the incident report he noticed that Compton’s speech was “extremely slurred and he appeared to be confused and disoriented.

“He appeared to stare off in the distance while I was speaking to him,” Watts continued. “I could not detect the odor of an alcoholic beverage, so I decided to continue the investigation to determine if he was under the influence of drugs.”

At first Compton denied he had taken anything, but then explained that he was being treated for opiate addiction and had smoked marijuana a few hours earlier, the incident report states.

Watts then administered a series of field sobriety tests, noting that Compton continued to sway and at one point nearly collided with another deputy who was at the scene.

Watts reported that Compton appeared confused and exhibited slurred speech, drunk-like behavior and drowsiness, which led him to believe that Compton was under the influence of multiple substances, including some kind of depressant, marijuana and a narcotic.

Compton, of 2667 Westchester Parkway, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs.