NWGA Scanner | April 1st, 2021
According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on March 20th, 2021, at around 6:18 PM, Deputy D. Sanford was traveling eastbound on Highway 114 just past Lyerly Park. The deputy checked a silver Honda Civic going 80 MPH headed into the town of Lyerly. The deputy watched the Honda continue at a high rate of speed into the 45 MPH zone. The Honda Civic, still driving recklessly, caught up to a vehicle and began following extremely close to it. The deputy caught up to the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop at BJ’s Food Mart in Lyerly. Deputy Sanford reported, “[I] was walking up to the Honda Civic on the driver side when [I] watched the driver push a brown bag down beside his right leg and the middle console.” The deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Nathaniel Pease, 41, of Trion. Deputy Sanford reported, “As soon as [I] made contact with Mr. Pease, [I] could smell a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person and the vehicle. As [I] continued to speak with Mr. Pease about the traffic stop, [I] noticed his eyes were very watery and bloodshot.” While speaking to Pease at the rear of the car, the deputy could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from him. Pease gave consent to search his vehicle. While searching the vehicle Deputy Weber located inside the passenger area of the vehicle a 100 ml bottle of Wild Turkey that was approximately half empty, as well as a can of Twisted Ice Tea that was open and cold to the touch. Deputies also located inside the vehicle a 12 pack of Twisted Ice Tea that had only 5 left in the case. Pease was reported as being very passive-aggressive. Pease was coming from Ingles headed to a cookout, so he had family arriving on the scene driving another car. Pease refused to blow into an Alco-Sensor. Pease was then placed under arrest for DUI alcohol less safe after being found unsafe to operate a vehicle. Pease still acted passive-aggressive and refused to answer Georgia’s Implied Consent. Deputy Sanford and Deputy Weber transported Pease to the Chattooga County Jail charged with DUI alcohol less safe, reckless driving, speeding, and open container.