NWGA Scanner | March 6th, 2021

Rome man found DUI after nearly hitting firefighters directing traffic at crash scene in Chattooga County

According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Monday, March 1st, 2021, at around 12:44 AM, Deputy Garmany was assisting with directing traffic on Highway 27 at Walmart with Summerville Fire Department and Trion Fire Department. All southbound lanes were shut down due to a vehicle crash involving a power pole and down lines across the roadway. While directing traffic, firefighters from the Trion Fire Department began yelling at a vehicle that was refusing to slow down, nearly running them over. The deputy got the vehicle to stop and made contact with the driver, later identified as Nicholas Littlejohn, 35, of Rome. The deputy immediately detected an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. The deputy asked Littlejohn if he even noticed the firefighters who were wearing all the required visible reflective vests and equipment along with their fire engine with activating emergency lights on. Littlejohn advised he did not see the firefighters nor the fire truck. When asked how much alcohol had he had consumed, Littlejohn advised two beers with dinner in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Deputy Garmany reported clues of impairment on all field sobriety tests. Deputy Mitchell had Littlejohn blow into his Alco-Sensor in which he blew a .150. Littlejohn was then placed under arrest for DUI and read Georgia Implied Consent over the age of 21, to which he agreed. Littlejohn was booked into the Chattooga County Jail charged with reckless driving, failure to obey authorized person directing traffic, and DUI.