NWGA Scanner | February 11th, 2021

Summerville man found DUI during road check in Chattooga County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, on January 17th, 2021, while working on a road check at Allgood Street at Bill Kinzy Road in Chattooga County, Trooper Mosley came into contact with James Shropshire, 27, of Summerville at approximately 8:15 PM. Shropshire stated that he did not have his license on his person. Trooper Mosley reported, “Upon first contact with Mr. Shropshire, [I] could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle, a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze with Alabama tag. [I] observed that Mr. Shropshire’s eyes were bloodshot and watery. Initially, when asked if he had drunk any alcoholic beverages this date, he stated no. The backseat passenger stated that he had drunk multiple alcoholic beverages this date to the point that he could not sit upright in the backseat of the vehicle.” Shropshire pulled his vehicle off the roadway after being asked. While speaking with Shropshire, the trooper observed an open and empty Natural Light beer can in the backseat driver’s side floorboard. The can was on top of a full 12 pack of unopened Natural Light beers. While speaking with Shropshire, the trooper could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person. Shropshire agreed to submit to Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. During the tests, Shropshire showed several clues of impairment. While speaking with Shropshire about submitting to a preliminary breath sample, he stated that he had not drunk any alcohol ‘in a while.’ When asked again about how many alcoholic beverages he had drunk this date, he stated 3 or 3 and a half 2 hours ago at a cookout. The front seat passenger, Shropshire’s girlfriend, stated that Shropshire had actually drunk 7 or 8 beers earlier this date. Shropshire was placed under arrest for DUI-driving under the influence. Trooper Mosley read Implied consent for suspects age 21 or older, and Shropshire refused. Shropshire was then transported to the Chattooga County Jail by Deputy Mitchell and charged with DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while license suspended or revoked, and open container.