NWGA Scanner | October 31st, 2022

Summerville man arrested for DUI after failing to use turn signal in Chattooga County

According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On Thursday, October 20th, 2022, at 11:24 AM, Deputy Villagomez was sitting stationary on Highway 114 near BJ’s Foodmart observing traffic when a 2001 Honda Civic pulled into TJ’s Packaging Store without the use of a turn signal. The driver, identified as Ethan Ashley Baggett, 46, of Summerville, and the front passenger, to be Ms. Albertson changed seats left from the store. Deputy Villagomez reported, “[I] then followed the vehicle and ran the tag and observed the vehicle to fail to maintain lane. [I] conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and made contact with the now driver Ms. Albertson and explained the reason for the stop, and identified myself as a Sheriff’s Deputy. [I] noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming off of Mr. Baggett’s person. [I] asked Mr. Baggett how much did he have to drink, and he stated he was drinking this morning. [I] also noticed his eyes to be bloodshot and watery, which is consistent with impairment.” During field sobriety testing, Bagget showed several signs of impairment and a BAC of .14 on a PBT. Bagget was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state test. Baggett was booked into the Chattooga County Jail, charged with DUI 0.08 grams or more and no turn signal.