NWGA Scanner | June 16th, 2022

Summerville man arrested for DUI after fleeing checkpoint and deputy at 90 mph in Chattooga County

According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on June 11th, 2022, 9:48 PM, Deputy A. Garmany, along with Deputy G. Jacobs, Deputy M. Armstrong, and Cpl. C. Fielding was conducting a Driver’s Licenses and Safety Checkpoint on Gore Subligna Road. Deputy Garmany reported, “[I] observed a blue in color single cab pickup truck turn into a private drive of 933 Gore Subligna Road and turn around traveling back towards the opposite direction from which the vehicle came in at a high rate of speed. [I] activated my visual and audible emergency equipment to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. While keeping a line of sight of the vehicle, [I] noticed we were reaching speeds of 90 mph by way of my patrol vehicle speed, and the driver was still failing to stop. [I] advised Chattooga County E911 that [I] was now in pursuit of the vehicle traveling north on Gore Subligna Road at 90 mph heading towards Mitchell Drive.” The driver, later identified as Jonathon Burnette, 25, of Summerville, then turned left onto Mitchell Drive, where he came to a complete stop and shut the vehicle off and placed his hands out the window. When the deputy asked if there was a reason why he turned around and took off at such a high speed as he did, Burnette advised that he wasn’t speeding and that he was going to the store. Deputy Garmany reported, “While speaking with Mr. Burnette, [I] noticed speech was slurred, his eyes were glassy, and [I] detected the strong odor of alcoholic beverage upon his breath.” Deputy Armstrong spoke with Burnette and asked him how much he had to drink, and he stated only “two beers” twenty minutes ago prior to driving. During Standardized Field Sobriety Test, Burnette showed several signs of impairment and, during testing out of his own utterance, stated, ” Go ahead and take me to jail.” Burnette then showed a BAC of .128 on PBT. Burnette was placed under arrest for DUI and refused the state test. Burnette was booked into the Chattooga County Jail, charged with DUI and fleeing, and attempted to elude officers.