NWGA Scanner | August 9th, 2021

Summerville man arrested for DUI after 911 call from concerned citizen in Chattooga County

According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on July 25th, 2021, at around 10:42 AM, E-911 dispatched a BOLO for a black GMC Sierra truck with a Georgia tag number located at Victory Fuels on Trion Teloga Road. According to the report, “E-911 advised that the driver of the truck got an alcoholic beverage out of a cooler in the bed of the truck and then got back in the driver seat.” Deputy Sanford was in the area and noticed the truck on the parking lot of the Victory Fuels. Deputy Sanford reported, “Shortly after [I] saw the truck, the driver of the truck pulled onto Trion Teloga Rd, traveling westbound. [I] followed the truck, and [I] observed the driver not able to maintain his lane of travel as well as not being able to travel at a consistent speed, and the driver was not wearing his seatbelt. The deputy conducted a traffic stop with the vehicle near Saddle Club Road and made contact with the driver, who was identified as Terry Johnson Jr, 51, of Summerville. Deputy Sanford reported, “As [I] walked up to the driver’s window [I] noticed the Terry light a cigarette and as [I] was speaking with Terry [I] noticed he had a red solo cup of mouth wash in his truck cup holder.” The deputy advised Terry the reason he was stopped and advised the deputy he was correct and he was not wearing his seatbelt. According to the report, the deputy noticed Terry’s eyes were watery and could smell the mouth wash as he was speaking with Terry as if he had just used some. Terry advised that he had drunk heavily the night before and did not stop drinking till sometime well after midnight. Deputy Sanford reported, “It was explained to Terry that he was drinking heavily last night till around 2:30 AM and that he could still be impaired and unsafe to drive a motor vehicle this morning. Terry was very apologetic about the fact that he was driving and was unaware that he could still be impaired.” The deputy reported Terry was unsteady on his feet, and he would keep propping up on his truck. Terry agreed to give a breath sample on the handheld Alco-Sensor, and it registered a BAC of .117. During field sobriety tests, Terry showed several signs of impairment. According to the report, Terry then agreed to another breath sample, and it registered a .09. Terry was then placed under arrest for DUI of alcohol less safe, failure to maintain a single lane, and no seatbelt. Terry was read an implied consent card for suspects 21 years of age or older, which he refused. Terry was transported to the Chattooga County Jail.