NWGA Scanner | October 4th, 2022
According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on September 22nd, 2022, at 6:50 PM, Deputy Clark responded to the area of the Chevron Convenience Store located at the intersection of Highway 27 and Dot Johnson Drive regarding a male subject identified by Chattooga County E911 as Joshua Allen Bates, 40, Trion, who was creating problems and intoxicated. According to the report, “Prior to the above-stated event, a BOLO was given for a silver Toyota Sequoia traveling north on Highway 27 driven by Bates, who was intoxicated. It was stated he was maybe traveling to his residence on Mountain View Road located in Trion. A short time later, Chattooga County E911 stated he returned to the Chevron, causing problems.” Deputy Clark arrived and located the vehicle, and made contact with the driver, Bates. He stated he took the vehicle and drove to another convenience store up the road and drove back to the Chevron. Deputy Clark reported, “[I] observed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath as he spoke and had bloodshot/watery eyes as we spoke. Bates was observed having a sway to his person and an unsteady gate while walking. Field Sobriety Testing proved positive for the consumption of alcoholic beverages, and results proved him to be under the influence of the same. Bates admitted to operating a motor vehicle on the highways of the State of Georgia while intoxicated and while his license was suspended. He stated he knew he should not be driving.” Bates refused the state test and was booked into the Chattooga County Jail, charged with DUI and driving while license suspended.