NWGA Scanner | March 2nd, 2022

Drunk driver arrested after causing crash and leaving the scene in Chattooga County

According to a Georgia State Patrol report, on February 4th, 2022, at 5:18 PM, SFC Harris was contacted by the Georgia State Patrol Communications Center and dispatched to a hit and run on Chattooga Avenue in Lyerly. SFC Harris reported, “During my investigation, [I] learned that the vehicle responsible for the collision had left the scene prior to the arrival of any investigating Officers. A description of the vehicle was relayed over Chattooga County Sheriff’s Radio, and the vehicle involved was located at Taliferro Springs Road and a name of a driver was obtained by Investigator Chad Spraggins of the Sheriff’s Department.” The driver was identified as Eddie Vaughn, 34, of Lyerly. Investigator Spraggins and Deputy Nick Robinson located Vaughn at the BJ’s Food Mart located on Georgia 114 just north of Taliferro Springs Road. SFC Harris reported, “As [I] approached Mr. Vaughn, he stated that he was the one and he did all of it, referring to the crash and damage on Chattooga Avenue. This was an unsolicited and spontaneous statement made by Mr. Vaughn. As he spoke, he was wearing a cloth gaiter-type mask over his face and nose, and [I] could clearly smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person. [I] read Mr. Vaughn his Miranda rights and asked him how much he had drunk, and he stated too much. [I] asked Mr. Vaughn to remove his mask, and upon doing so, [I] could clearly smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming now from his facial area. Mr. Vaughn was asked about the crash, and he advised that he was upset with his girlfriend and had left her house and had the collision.” On a PBT, Vaughn showed a BAC of .146 grams. Vaughn was placed under arrest and transported to the Chattooga County Jail, charged with DUI- alcohol, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, failure to report crash, failure to maintain a single lane, failure to report striking unattended vehicle.