NWGA Scanner | May 25th, 2021
According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Wednesday, May 19th, 2021, at around 6:47 PM, Cpl. Corey Fielding was traveling southbound on Highway 27 near Halls Valley Drive. Cpl. Fielding reported, “While in the area [I] observed a silver in a color vehicle traveling northbound, while observing the vehicle [I] was able to check the vehicle’s speed with RADAR at 107 MPH in a 55 MPH speed limit.” The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the 2005 Infiniti just south of Stoleman Road and made contact with the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Michael Bryant, 27 of Trion. Bryant advised that he was having an emergency at home and was trying to get to his residence. Cpl. Fielding reported, “While on the scene [I] did observe that Mr. Bryant’s speech was slightly slurred and his eyes appeared to be heavy.” Deputy Chris Clark arrived on the scene and assisted. Bryant was asked to exit the vehicle for officer safety reasons after he was observed digging in the console. Bryant did give consent to search the vehicle. While searching the vehicle, a deputy located in the center console a clear plastic water bottle that contained a brown in color liquid. According to the report, “Upon further investigation, it was determined that the brown in color liquid was Liquor. This was determined by Mr. Bryant’s statement when he was asked about the liquid. The bottle also appeared as if Mr. Bryant had been drinking from it due to the fact it was nearly half empty.” Deputy Clark did administer an Alco-Sensor test on Bryant, and he tested positive for alcohol by blowing a .129. Bryant was read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice, which he refused. Bryant was transported to the Chattooga County Jail, charged with DUI/alcohol- 0.08 grams or more, super speeder 107 mph in a 55 mph speed limit zone, reckless driving, and open container of alcohol.