NWGA Scanner | May 28th, 2021
According to Catoosa County Jail records, a Summerville woman was booked into the jail for DUI and DUI child endangerment charges after leaving the scene of multiple crashes Thursday. According to a Fort Oglethorpe Police Department incident report, on Thursday, May 27th, 2021, at 3:28 PM, Officer Gebelein was dispatched to a hit and run at the Dollar General market located at 430 Battlefield Parkway. A 911 caller reported the offender’s vehicle was located on the parking lot of Big Lots located at 558 Battlefield Parkway. Officer Gebelein reported, “When [I] arrived on scene [I] located the vehicle between Big Lots and Del Taco. The vehicle appeared to still be occupied and had also had visible damage to the driver’s side front wheel. [I] also observed a four loco on the ground on the passenger side of the vehicle.” The officer approached the driver’s window in an attempt to make contact with the driver, later identified as Carrie Ann Nicholson, 34, of Summerville. Officer Gebelein reported, “Once at the driver window [I] observed the driver to be slumped over the center console. [I] observed two small children in the back seat.” One of her kids then climbed over his mother to open the door for the officer, according to the report. Officer Gebelein reported, “As soon as the door opened, a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the interior of the vehicle. Once the driver was out, [I] observed her be very unsteady on her feet. While trying to speak with Carrie and her son, Carrie continued to sway back and forth, having to use her vehicle for balance.” Carrie denied drinking anything at first but a few minutes later, once asked again, she advised that she had begun consuming four loco drinks at 3:00 PM. According to the report, while attempting to explain the field sobriety test, Carrie’s unsteadiness continued, and field sobriety was stopped for her safety. Carrie was placed under arrest and read implied consent which she agreed to a blood draw. Lt. Goolsby transported the kids to the DFACS office to wait for their father to come to pick them up. According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Carrie’s 2017 Infiniti QX80 matched the exact description of a vehicle that left the scene of another hit-and-run crash that had occurred earlier on Lakeview Drive. According to the report, it was later confirmed by the victim that Carrie was the suspect that fled the crash scene. Carrie was transported to the Catoosa County Jail, charged with DUI/alcohol/ 0.08grams or more, DUI -endangering a child under 14 YOA while DUI x2, hit and run x2, and driving on right side of roadway. According to arrest reports, Nicholson has a very long history of DUI child endangerment. Including a most recent arrest for DUI and DUI child endangerment on April 17th, 2021 in Chattooga County.