State Rep. Tom Taylor of Dunwoody was pulled over April 7 in Rabun County and charged with DUI. (Clayton dashcam screenshot)
State Rep. Tom Taylor of Dunwoody was pulled over April 7 in Rabun County and charged with DUI. (Clayton dashcam screenshot)

When Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) was arrested for driving under the influence, he had four teenaged exchange students in the backseat of his SUV, according to police reports.

Taylor’s spokesperson, Brian Robinson, said Taylor and his wife were hosting a student from Kazakhstan this year and had taken a group of students to Lake Burton for spring break.

Taylor and his family have hosted foreign exchange students in their home for many years, according to his legislative Facebook page and news accounts.

AFS-USA, a program that coordinates exchanges in which the Taylors have taken part, according to local news accounts and other sources, says its policy is that a DUI arrest “is grounds for disqualification” from the program.

AFS-USA, based in New York, also said in a statement that a student in the home of a parent who receives a DUI is relocated to another family as soon as possible.

“Out of respect for the privacy of our participants and families, we do not discuss details regarding specific situations. Our policy stipulates that receipt of a DUI within the past five years is grounds for disqualification,” Caitlin Belt, corporate communications manager for AFS-USA, said in a statement.

“If a host parent receives a DUI while hosting a participant, we work quickly to relocate the participant into a new home.”

Taylor did not respond to requests for comment from Reporter Newspapers about his DUI arrest.

Taylor was stopped in Rabun County on April 7 for driving 72 mph in a 45 mph zone. He was legally carrying a Glock .45 handgun on his hip. After blowing a .225 on a Breathalyzer, he was arrested and charged with DUI. Taylor has said he will not fight the charges. His first court date is set for May 9 in Clayton Municipal Court.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated from an earlier version.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.

One reply on “Rep. Taylor’s DUI arrest could affect status as foreign exchange student host”

  1. It should be noted that Joe Newton is Tom Owen’s sycophant, and is running his “campaign”, writing Owens’ public comments, as it is clear, if you have ever heard Owens speak that he’s as bright as a box of rocks. He would be wise to refrain from making unsubstantiated accusations. Particularly since Newton’s own arrest record is extensive, and the person he was distributing his anti-Muslim propaganda with in Gwinnett County was arrested last year for child molestation. Aaahhhh, politics. And the internet.

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