NWGA Scanner | June 21st, 2022
According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On Sunday, June 12th, 2022, at 5:12 AM, Deputy Nicholas responded to I-75 N at mile marker 316 in reference to a two-vehicle crash. According to the report, “The victim stated to the deputy that he was driving in the center lane towing his boat at approximately 62-65 mph. He stated that a vehicle struck the back of the boat, dislodging it from the trailer, and sent it forward, colliding with and ultimately passing his gray 2018 Chevrolet Silverado. The victim stated that he did not see any headlights on the vehicle that collided with him.” The deputy then spoke with the at-fault driver, Lawrence Jay Duke Jr., 27, of Chattanooga, TN, who stated that he did not see the boat trailer and was unsure of exactly what happened. According to the report, “Deputy Nicholas did observe that Mr. Duke’s speech was slurred and his eyes were watery. Deputy Nicholas asked Mr. Duke for his driver’s license, and Mr. Duke stated that he did not have a driver’s license.” Duke was only able to provide a Tennessee ID card. Duke then advised that he only had one mixed drink prior to driving. During field sobriety tests, Duke showed several signs of impairment and was placed under arrest for DUI. Duke then refused the state test for his blood and was transported to the Gordon County Jail, charged with DUI, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without a license, and following too closely.