NWGA Scanner | January 5th, 2022
According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Wednesday, December 29th, 2021, at or around 2:49 AM, Cpl. Corey Fielding was on routine patrol in the area of Highway 27 near the Trion Water Treatment Plant. Cpl. Fielding reported, “While in the area [I] observed a vehicle traveling northbound, [I] was able to check the vehicle’s speed with RADAR at 66MPH in a 45MPH speed limit zone.” The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the 2006 Honda Accord with TN tag Highway 27 just north of Mountain View Road. Cpl. Fielding reported, “While on the scene [I] made contact with the driver who was later identified as Wesley Taylor Mason, 18, of Ringgold. While speaking to Mr. Mason, [I] advised him the reason for the traffic stop was for his excess speed. Mr. Mason stated he was trying to get his friend home. While speaking to the driver [I] did observe the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the interior of the vehicle, [I] also observed a passenger (Charles Lucas Lewis, 18, of Chattanooga, TN) in the vehicle and upon first observation, he did appear to be heavily intoxicated due to his bloodshot and watery eyes, his slurred speech and slow mannerisms.” The deputy confirmed that both occupants were under the age of 21. The City of Trion Police Officer Whitworth arrived on the scene to assist the deputy with the traffic stop. Cpl. Fielding reported, “While speaking to Mr. Mason [I] asked him if he had consumed any alcoholic beverages and he replied “Yes”, [I] then asked him about how many he had consumed and he advised “6”. While on the scene [I] then obtained a breath sample from Mr. Mason and he did test positive for alcohol by blowing a .073 on the portable Alco-Sensor.” The deputy reported that Lewis was heavily intoxicated not only due to his mannerisms but due to the fact they both admitted to being at an alcohol-fueled party in Alabama. According to the report, The deputy then located in the passenger side door storage area a half-empty “Jim Beam Honey” whiskey bottle, which, of course, was located near the passenger Mr. Lewis. The deputy also located a Bluetooth speaker case which, upon examination of its contents, yielded a small amount of marijuana along with two homemade smoking devices as well as a torch. Mason was placed under arrest for DUI and refused the state test. The passenger Lewis was then taken into custody as well for open container and possession of alcohol by persons under the age of 21. Both Mason and lewis were transported to the Chattooga County Jail. Mason was charged with DUI, failure to dim headlights, and speeding.