NWGA Scanner | October 14th, 2021

Menlo man charged with DUI after parking in the middle of roadway to urinate in Chattooga County

According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on September 27th, 2021, at 3:14 AM, Deputy Garmany was dispatched to 450 Long Hollow Road in Trion reference to a vehicle setting in the roadway with the ignition on. According to the report, “Due to County Officers being on another call supervisor, Deputy Mitchell requested Trion Police Department Officer Goins to respond.” After clearing from the prior call, Deputy Garmany responded to the area to where Officer Goins had the driver later identified as Michael Clayton Smith, 48, of Menlo detain. According to the report, Officer Goins stated when he arrived, Smith was standing outside the driver-side door of the vehicle urinating onto the roadway. Officer Goins stated when asked for Smith’s name and date of birth, he was advised a different name. Smith advised the officer he didn’t have his ID on him. According to the report, Deputy Garmany asked for his name and date of birth, and Smith advised that his name is Michael Smith 12/19/1993 in which it came back to a Black Male from Riverdale, GA. Deputy Garmany reported, “While speaking with Mr. Smith [I] detected an odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his person along with being unsteady on his feet. [I] asked Mr. Smith if he had consumed any alcohol this evening? Mr. Smith replied earlier today. [I] asked Mr. Smith how much alcohol he had consumed? Mr. Smith replied he didn’t remember. [I] asked Mr. Smith where he thought he was and Mr. Smith replied back Cloudland.” During Field Sobriety test Smith showed several clues of impairment, and on a portable Alco-Sensor, he showed a BAC of .089. Smith was then placed under arrest and read Georgia Implied Consent Notice of Ages over 21. Smith agreed to the state blood draw. Smith was then transported to the Chattooga County Jail, charged with giving false name and date of birth to officer, DUI, driving without a license on person, public drunkenness, and improper parking.