NWGA Scanner | January 3rd, 2022
According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on December 24th, 2021, at around 8:29 PM, Deputy Chris Clark, while on patrol, received a BOLO for a truck, blue in color, last seen traveling south on Highway 27 at or near the Summerville City limits. According to the report, “The report given stated the driver appeared to be driving erratically and at a high rate of speed.” Deputy Clark reported, “Traveling southbound on Highway 27 towards the Gore area, [I] observed a vehicle matching the BOLO at the Mack White Road pull-off area. [I] pulled in behind the vehicle observing a male subject (identified as Martin Lee Sweatman, 62, of Rome) sitting in the driver’s area of the vehicle. [I] observed the truck pull forward then stop abruptly. The vehicle backed up several feet then stopped abruptly, causing Sweatman”s head to strike the headrest of the driver’s seat. While observing Sweatman’s difficulty maneuvering the vehicle in the large parking area, [I] activated my emergency equipment. Sweatman pulled the vehicle forward several feet, opening the driver’s door while the vehicle was still moving, and attempted to exit the vehicle. [I] used the audible siren of the patrol vehicle to gain Sweatman’s attention proving successful as he did place the vehicle in the park causing the transmission of the vehicle to grind to a stop.” The deputy reported he was observed having a staggering gate, swaying motion about his person as he approached the rear of his vehicle. According to the report, “During this time an odor of alcoholic beverage was observed emitting from his person. When asked about consuming alcohol, Sweatman stated he had recently left the residence of Ken Bruce, who hosted a party where he had consumed mixed alcohol drinks. Deputy Clark reported, “Standard Field Sobriety Testing was conducted proving positive for being under the influence while operating a motor vehicle on the highways of the State of Georgia.” Sweatman was read Georgia Implied Consent Notice and declined testing. Sweatman was transported to the Chattooga County Jail, charged with DUI.