NWGA Scanner | April 25th, 2021

Summerville woman charged with DUI child endangerment after traffic stop in Chattooga County

According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Saturday, April 17th, 2021, at around 3:41 PM, K-9 Deputy Nick Robinson stopped a white Jeep Cherokee after it pulled out in front of another vehicle on Hwy. 27. The vehicle had made “a left hand turn from Gore Subligna Road on to Hwy. 27 in front of a vehicle traveling northbound on Hwy. 27, causing the approaching vehicle to slam on its brakes,” according to the incident report. Deputy Robinson reported, “[I] was able to catch up to the Jeep traveling in the outside lane, and [I] did observe that we were traveling around 80 mph, and the vehicle veered into the inside lane.” The deputy initiated a traffic stop. The Jeep pulled over to the shoulder of the road near Scott Hill Road, then pulled back into the outside lane of travel and continued southbound, and came to a final stop near Farmersville Road. Deputy Robinson made contact with the driver, Carrie Ann Nicholson, 34, of Summerville. Deputy Robinson reported, “[I] had to advise Ms. Nicholson approximately three times to roll the passenger side window down, she was finally able to roll the correct window down. Upon speaking with Ms. Nicholson, she asked if [I] could contact someone to come pick up her child. [I] advised Ms. Nicholson the reason for the stop and advised her that [I] was just making sure she was ok to drive.” Nicholson advised she was not okay to drive and once again asked if someone could come to get her child. Nicholson told the deputy she had drank “two small beers” and initially refused to take some field sobriety tests. Nicholson eventually complied. Deputy Robinson could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Nicholson’s person. The deputy observed that she was unsteady on her feet, kept swaying back and forth, and was having a hard time keeping her balance. Deputy Robinson advised Nicholson she would need to contact someone to come pick her child up, which was located in the rear seat behind the driver. Nicholson advised that she would. Deputy Nick Robinson placed Nicholson under arrest for DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol less safe. Deputy Robinson reported, “[I] then read her Georgia Implied Consent off the green card for the person’s over 21 years of age. [I] read this twice due to radio interference and road noise. Nicholson would not answer and kept saying that she knew her rights and that [I] didn’t have to read her anything. Deputy Jayme Dawson arrived on the scene and assisted. Deputy Robinson and his K-9 left the scene to assist with searching for a missing juvenile in Trion. Nicholson was booked into the Chattooga County Jail charged with failure to maintain a single lane, DUI/ alcohol/less safe, and DUI/child endangerment.