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Conasauga Judicial Circuit of Georgia




   Serving Murray & Whitfield Counties

RINGGOLD MAN CONVICTED OF 11TH DUI

March 16, 2021 (Dalton) – Lawrence Eugene McFalls, Jr. (55) of 1883 Houston Valley Road, Ringgold, was convicted today by a Whitfield County jury for his 11th offense of driving under the influence of alcohol and his 7th offense of driving while license suspended. He was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Scott Minter to serve 24 months in confinement.

The Defendant was arrested in January of 2019 by Tunnel Hill Police Chief Trey Rider who caught him driving in a restricted area near a local historical site. McFalls was intoxicated to the point of not being able to complete field sobriety tests and readily admitted that he had “too much” to drink. His license was suspended for a prior DUI in 2018. McFalls also had DUI’s in 2014, 2007, 2004, 1999 (2), 1996, 1988, 1986 and 1984 mostly in Whitfield and Murray Counties but also two in Gordon County. He had prior suspended license convictions in 2018, 2007, 2004, 1999 and 1996. None of the prior convictions were presented as evidence to the jury.

One difficulty with the case is that there was no video evidence, as Chief Rider and a new officer were in a training car at the time which was not equipped with the video cameras that a normal patrol car would have had. There was a passenger in the car who was also drinking and the defense argued that there was insufficient evidence that McFalls had actually been driving the car. The State’s case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Geoff Bard. McFalls was represented by Leigh Butler and Cat Pyne of the Public Defender’s Office.



Bert Poston
District Attorney
Conasauga Judicial Circuit


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Bert Poston,
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