NWGA Scanner | January 21st, 2021

Summerville man charged with DUI after early morning traffic stop in Chattooga County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, on January 9th, 2021, at around 12:00 AM, GSP Corporal Mitchell was patrolling on GA 1 (Hwy 27) near the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Trion, GA. The trooper observed a red color Chevrolet Tahoe with GA tag on the solid white line a couple of times. The trooper also observed the Tahoe be traveling at a speed greater than the posted speed limit. The trooper activated his radar unit, and it showed the Tahoe to be traveling at 56 mph in a 45 mph zone. The trooper executed a traffic stop with this vehicle on GA 1 near Central Avenue in Trion, GA. The trooper spoke with the driver, Jacob Hayden Burdick, 24, of Summerville, and asked him for his license. Corporal Mitchell reported, “[I] observed Mr. Burdick’s eyes to be watery and bloodshot. [I] observed three other passengers in the vehicle, so [I] asked Mr. Burdick to step to the back of the vehicle. [I] spoke with Mr. Burdick and asked him if he had been drinking any alcoholic drinks this evening. Mr. Burdick advised that he had drunk three 16 ounces Modelo beers, approximately 45 minutes prior to the stop, in Chattanooga.” The trooper asked Burdick if he would blow into an Alco-Sensor. After thinking about it for a few, Burdick declined. Burdick did, however, agree to perform some field sobriety tests. During the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test, Burdick showed six out of six clues. Burdick bowed several clues of impairment during the other test. Burdick again refused to blow into an Alco-Sensor. Corporal Mitchell reported, “[I] advised Mr. Burdick of the reasons why [I] believed he was driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages. [I] advised Mr. Burdick that he was under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.” Burdick refused the Georgia Implied Consent Notice to submit to the State-administered chemical test of his blood. Trion Officer Starkey was also assisting Corporal Mitchell. Corporal Mitchell walked to the Tahoe to ask anyone if they were sober enough to drive. The male passenger in the rear passenger seat, Taylor Hatcher, shook his head no along with the passengers, Autumn Dye and Samantha Wood. Chattooga County Deputy Chris Clark transported Burdick to the jail for the trooper while Officer Starkey waited for someone to pick up the intoxicated passengers. Burdick was booked into the jail charged with speeding, failure to maintain lane, and DUI-less safe.