Grier v. State, 30917.

CourtUnited States Court of Appeals (Georgia)
Citation34 S.E.2d 642
Docket NumberNo. 30917.,30917.
PartiesGRIER . v. STATE.
Decision Date28 June 1945

34 S.E.2d 642


No. 30917.

Court of Appeals of Georgia,
Division No. 1.

June 28, 1945.

Syllabus by the Court.

1. Where the accused is charged with operating an automobile truck on the pub-

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lie highway while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, the jury are not confined to a simple narrative of the acts or facts, as detailed by the witnesses, in forming their opinion as to whether the defendant was under the influence of intoxicating liquor.

2. Where a witness who satisfactorily shows that he had an opportunity to observe and did observe a person's condition, he may state whether such person was under the influence of intoxicating liquors, as a statement of fact actually observed by the witness.

3. Where the answer of a witness is that the defendant was under the influence of intoxicating liquor, the jury is authorized to say that since the observed matter in issue can not be so fully and accurately described as to put the jury completely in the place of the testifying witness, thus enabling the jurors to draw the inference equally as well as the witness, they may determine the condition of the defendant from the direct testimony of the witness who observed him, rather than from a subsequent description of his conduct by the witness.

Error from Superior Court, Butts County; G. Ogden Persons, Judge.

Ike Grier was convicted of driving truck on a public highway while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, and he brings error.

Judgment affirmed.

Benj. B. Garland, of Atlanta, and W. E. Watkins, of Jackson, for plaintiff in error.

Frank B. Willingham, Sol. Gen, of Forsyth, for defendant in error.

MacINTYRE, Judge.

1. The evidence authorized a verdict finding the defendant guilty of driving the truck on a public highway while under the influence of intoxicating liquor. The evidence for the State as given by a witness, was substantially as follows: "At the time in question I saw the defendant, Ike Grier, driving the truck on the public highway in question. What attracted my attention was tne speed at which he passed me, and there were several women in the back of the truck, and I stopped him and found he had been drinking. I stopped him about John Willie M----'s place on the highway, between here and Indian Springs. He was coming this way towards Mr. Watkin's home. When I stopped him Ike Grier was driving the truck; he was drinking; he had too much to be driving; he was under the influence of drinks at that time. I...

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  • Holcomb v. State, A95A0204
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    • United States Court of Appeals (Georgia)
    • May 25, 1995 objection]. See OCGA § 24-9-65; Gilbert v. State, 150 Ga.App. 339, 258 S.E.2d 27 (1979); Grier v. State, 72 Ga.App. 633, 34 S.E.2d 642 (1945)." Clapsaddle v. State, 208 Ga.App. 840, 842(2), 432 S.E.2d 3. The trial court erroneously charged the substance of OCGA § 40-6-392(b) on t......

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