NWGA Scanner | December 10th, 2021

Lyerly man arrested for DUI after driving up to safety checkpoint while impaired in Chattooga County

According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Incident report, on November 28th, 2021, at around 12:28 AM, Corporal Fielding, Deputy Garmany, and Deputy Clark were working an approved license and safety checkpoint located at the intersection of Lyerly Dam Road and Starling Mill Road. A white GMC Sierra truck driven by Timothy Matt Veitch, 57, of Lyerly, pulled up to a roadblock on Lyerly Dam Road. Deputies approached and smelled marijuana at the window. Deputies Clark reported, “[I] immediately observing he had a scoped bolt action rifle beside his (passenger Charles Reynolds, 57, of Summerville) left leg.” Corporal Fielding alerted Deputy Clark that driver Veitch may be under the influence and requested his assistance. “[I] immediately observed Veitch having glassy, red bloodshot eyes and an odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his person. He stated he had consumed alcohol and marijuana prior to driving. There was an open container of alcoholic beverage (Natural Lite) placed in the driver’s side armrest,” Deputy Chris Clark reported. According to the report, “Veitch and the passenger Reynolds were given verbal warnings for having an open container of an alcoholic beverage inside the vehicle while driving on the roadways of this state.” According to the report, Veitch gave a breathe sample showing positive BAC on the Alco-Sensor (.074). “He refused the state testing for blood for it’s purpose of determination and stated it was his own fault and agreed he should not have been drinking.” Veitch was arrested for DUI and transported to the Chattooga County Jail