NWGA Scanner | August 19th, 2021
According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s office incident report, on August 12th, 2021, Corporal Corey Fielding initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle with no working tail lights. The driver, Travis Ward Swinford, 49, of Trion, handed Corporal Fielding his license and proof of insurance and told the officer “He was not aware [his tail lights] were not working and…he had recently had the vehicle painted,” according to the incident report. Corporal Fielding “did observe that [Swinford] was very talkative. He also observed that his speech was slightly slurred, and he had the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath,” according to reports. Swinford “hesitated at first but told [the officer] he had consumed one beer while he was in Rome.” Swinford was given a field sobriety test, which gave Corporal Fielding six out of six clues that he was impaired, according to reports. Corporal Fielding wanted Swinford to take a blood test, but “he kept questioning [the officer] in regard to the testing and he would never give [Corporal Fielding] an answer. Corporal Fielding took this as a refusal.” Swinford was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and defective tail-lights.