NWGA Scanner | October 1st, 2021
According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office incident report, at around 6:17 a.m. on September 14th, 2021, Deputy Corey Fielding spotted a car traveling 82 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. The deputy stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Ga. 1 and West Halls Valley Drive, Trion. “While speaking to the driver of the vehicle she immediately advised that she was en route to the hospital with a male subject in the passenger seat whom she advised was possibly having a heart attack. While on the scene, I did request Deputy Garmany be en route to my location due to the male subject being in distress. At this time I then requested an EMS unit be en route to my location,” Deputy Fielding reported. An ambulance arrived and took the man to the hospital while deputies tried figuring out the female driver’s identity. She gave several names and date of births. “I also asked the driver for proof of automobile insurance, and she advised me her “Grandpa” had rented the car due to the fact his vehicle was involved in an accident, the driver could not provide a rental agreement as well,’ Deputy Fielding stated. “While speaking to the driver, she did advise me that she had just been released from federal prison after serving ten years on a meth trafficking charge. After several minutes of speaking to the driver she finally provided me with her true identity. She was identified as (Kern Diane Nichols, 36, of Dalton),” Deputy Fielding stated. Nichols also showed having warrants in Rabun County, Georgia. Once deputies took Nichols to jail, they received a call from Redmond Medical Center about the male passenger. ” Timothy Keith Long, 27, of Chatsworth, was found to be in possession of a large quantity of methamphetamine while he was receiving medical treatment at Redmond Medical Center. I learned that the methamphetamine was concealed in his pants and was at or around 1.5 pounds,” Deputy Fielding stated. Nichols was booked into the Chattooga County Jail, charged with speeding, driving without a license, giving false information to officers, and identity fraud. Long was booked into the Floyd County Jail, charged with possession of meth, possession of meth with intent to distribute, trafficking meth and possession of drug related objects.