The trooper said Thomas continued to back away from him during their conversation and would not face him as they spoke. He noticed the officer’s speech was slurred and he appeared “very confused” when asked where he was coming from, the report said. Thomas said he was going to pick up his child and told the trooper he was “going through some stuff,” according to the report.
He continued to jerk away and got very agitated when the trooper got close to him, the report indicated. The trooper described him as argumentative and noted that his clothes appeared disheveled and “slept in.”
“If you are going to take me to jail, take me to jail,” Thomas said, according to the report. “I will let my attorney deal with all that.”
The trooper determined Thomas was under the influence and arrested him. He was first taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, then to the police department. The report indicated Thomas was later taken to the Atlanta City Detention Center.
According to his record with the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council, the state regulatory body for law enforcement, Thomas served two years as a jailer at the city detention center before completing the Atlanta police academy in 2018 and joining the force as an officer. He has no prior disciplinary history with POST, his record shows.