NWGA Scanner | January 10th, 2022
According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on December 30th, 2021, at around 6:45 PM, While Deputy Chris Clark was on patrol traveling south on Highway 27 using active front antenna radar in the left lane, a vehicle passed his patrol vehicle in the right lane traveling in the same direction at a high rate of speed. Deputy Clark reported, “[I] activated my emergency equipment and began pursuit of the vehicle. The vehicle without signal made an immediate lane change to the turning lane passing multiple vehicles in the left lane, observing the vehicle continuing to weave into the left northbound lane without due regard for the safety of other motorists. We approached at or near Little Caesar’s Pizza in the turning lane and paced the vehicle. Speeds were verified by way of a speedometer and active radar displaying a current patrol speed of 105 mph. The roadway composition was observed to be wet from previous rain.” The vehicle then got stuck in the heavily congested traffic stopped at the intersection of Highway 27 and Farrar Drive. Deputy Clark reported, “Due to the traffic being stalled by way of the traffic control device (red light) at the intersection, [I] was able to deploy a blockade maneuver by pulling in front of the vehicle. Sheriff Schrader pulled up to the rear of the vehicle with his vehicle and emergency equipment activated, making this final stop for the vehicle.” The deputy made contact immediately with the driver, identified as Justin Clayton Little, 24, of Summerville. Deputy Clark reported, “[I] opened the door of the vehicle observing Clayton having a slow reaction to his movements. There was an odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle. [I] ordered Clayton from the vehicle detaining him upon exiting the vehicle. There was an open container of an alcoholic beverage inside the vehicle. Clayton was observed to be slow in verbal response having red, glossy eyes, and having a sway about his gate as he walked to the curbside of the roadway”. Clayton stated he had just left Walmart and had consumed a couple of beers earlier, along with marijuana. During HGN, Clayton showed all 6 of 6 clues. Clayton was read implied consent and agreed to the state test for his blood. Clayton was then transported to the Chattooga County Jail, charged with seatbelt violation, reckless driving, passing in a no-passing zone, failure to maintain single lane, open container violation, speeding, driving too fast for conditions, failure to signal, DUI – multiple substances, and fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement.