NWGA Scanner | April 1st, 2022

Unlicensed and uninsured Calhoun man arrested for DUI after traffic stop in Gordon County

According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On March 24th, 2022, at 8:36 PM, Deputy Mills stopped a white Chevrolet van after observing no tag, and the van failed to maintain lane turning from Iracille Lane onto Newtown Road traveling west. The white Chevrolet Van pulled onto Davis Drive and came to a stop. As Deputy MILLS was approaching the vehicle, Deputy MILLS heard a banging noise at the back of the van and observed a foamy liquid substance running out of the back door of the van. While speaking with the driver, identified as Howard Jason Chapman, 47, of Calhoun, the deputy could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. Chapman stated the reason he didn’t have a tag is because it was stolen. According to the report, “Deputy Mills asked if the tag was reported stolen. Mr. Chapman stated no. Mr. Chapman provided an ID only and stated he didn’t know where his license was. Deputy Mills ran the VIN on the Chevrolet van through Gordon County 911. Gordon County 911 advised Deputy Mills the registration was suspended, and there was no valid insurance on the vehicle. As Deputy Mills was standing outside of the vehicle with Mr. Chapman, Deputy Mills could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Mr. Chapman’s person.” During field sobriety testing, Chapman showed several signs of alcohol impairment. Chapman refused to blow into a PBT and refused the state’s implied consent. Chapman was placed under arrest and transported to the Gordon County Jail, charged with DUI, suspended registration, no insurance, driving while license suspended, and failure to maintain lane.