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Driving U. I. Wilkes Superior Court. Before Judge Norman. May 28, 1960.
1. "That a person was under the influence of intoxicating liquor at a certain time may be proved by indirect as well as by direct evidence; opinion evidence is material and has a direct probative value on the question of intoxication." Jackson v. State, 204 Ga. 47, 52 (48 S. E. 2d 864). "Where the deputy sheriff, a witness who had an opportunity to observe and did observe the defendant, testified that the defendant was under the influence of intoxicating liquor, this was a statement of fact actually observed by the witness at the time as evidenced by the defendant's conduct and appearance. Johnson v. State, 69 Ga. App. 377 (25 S. E. 2d 584)." Donley v. State, 72 Ga. App. 429, 430 (335. E. 2d 925).
Within a half hour to an hour he returned and arrested the defendant. The latter in his statement admitted that the officer on first stopping him accused him of drinking and that he answered, "If you think I been drinking, I'll let the other boy drive," and admitted that he had taken a drink before the arrest was made, but stated that he had not taken a drink until after the operation of the vehicle was turned over to the other occupant.
The evidence was sufficient to authorize the jury to find that the defendant was driving the automobile while under the influence of intoxicants, and that it was less safe for the defendant to operate the automobile in his condition than it would have been had lie not been under the influence of intoxicants, as against a motion for new trial on the general grounds only.
The trial court did not err in denying the motion for new trial.
J. Cecil Davis, Solicitor-General, contra.
Walton Hardin, for plaintiff in error.
Friday May 22 23:55 EDT

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