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DUI Suspect on How Much He'd Had to Drink: 'I Stopped Counting'

The man was reportedly traveling in excess of 90 mph on Highway 316.

A concerned citizen called 911 after noticing a Marietta mans erratic driving on 316. Credit: Kristi Reed
A concerned citizen called 911 after noticing a Marietta mans erratic driving on 316. Credit: Kristi Reed
A Marietta man landed behind bars after a concerned citizen called 911 about his erratic driving. 

Just after 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 18, Gwinnett County Police were advised to be on the lookout for a possible drunk driver on 316 westbound near Harbins Road. The caller advised the vehicle was "all over the roadway" and traveling approximately 90 mph. The 911 caller continued to follow the vehicle and notified police when the suspected drunk driver pulled into the QT on Winder Highway at 316.

Upon making contact with the driver -- later identified as Rick Peck, 21, of Marietta -- the officer noticed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage. The officer informed Peck of the reason for the stop and explained a 911 caller had complained about Peck's erratic driving. Peck "seemed puzzled" by the explanation and said he had been looking at his phone frequently because he did not know where he was going.

Peck, according to the report, said he had been at a party in Athens and was on his way home to Marietta. When asked how much alcohol he had consumed, Peck reportedly replied, "Ahhh 4, 5, 6, 7, I stopped counting."

Due to observed physical manifestations of intoxication and his performance on field sobriety tests, Peck was placed under arrest for DUI. The results of the state administered breath test indicated blood alcohol concentration results of .085 and .086 grams.

Peck was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail on charges of DUI, operating a vehicle while text messaging and improper name and address. He was released from jail two days later on his own recognizance.

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