NWGA Scanner | August 25th, 2021

Wanted fugitive charged with identity fraud after using sisters identity during DUI traffic stop in Chattooga County

According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on August 14th, 2021, at around 11:50 PM, Deputy Wilks was advised by Chattooga E-911 that a white Nissan Altima with an Alabama license plate was speeding and driving reckless. The driver was reported as possibly intoxicated. A few minutes after, the BOLO Deputy Wilks observed the white Nissan Altima go through the intersection at Highway 27 and Gore Subligna Road. Deputy Wilks reported, “My first observation while catching up the vehicle, around halfway up Taylor’s Ridge on the Gore side, was that the vehicle was driving in between both lanes of travel. Further observation was around the ridge construction area where the vehicle failed to maintain a single lane several times by crossing the double yellow lines.” The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle on Highway 27 at Sloppy Floyd Lake Road. According to the report, the deputy made contact with the driver, who identified herself as Alicia Cooper. Deputy Wilks reported, “[I] asked Ms. Cooper if she had anything to drink, and she stated that she did earlier. [I] requested the driver to step out of the vehicle so that [I] could speak with her, and Initial contact outside the vehicle did prove a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from her person. According to the report, the driver handed the deputy a Georgia Driver’s License class C displaying the name Alicia Cooper. Cooper, later identified as Alison Sewell, 36 of Summerville, stated that she was visiting her girlfriend at the hospital, and right before she left to come home, she drank multiple peach-flavored alcoholic beverage drinks. During the field sobriety test, Cooper showed several clues of impairment and was placed under arrest for DUI. During a search of the vehicle, an open container of Clubtail Screwdriver alcoholic beverage was found in the passenger floorboard and a half-empty open container of Clubtail Bahama Mama directly underneath the driver’s seat. Deputy Wilks reported, “A short time after Jail intake, Chattooga County Detention called me and advised a subject called asking when an Alison Sewell would be released from jail. Officer Reeves stated that he told the subject that we had Alicia Cooper in jail for DUI and Alison Sewell was not on record.” The man further advised that Alison Sewell was falsely identifying herself as her sister Alicia Cooper. Deputy Wilks went to the jail and spoke with the Sewell, who admitted that that was, in fact, her sister and that her correct name was Alison Marie Sewell. Sewell returned through NCIC with felony warrants out of Cocke County, Tennessee, and Cobb County, Georgia. Sewell was charged with DUI 0.08 grams or more, failure to maintain lane, and felony identity fraud. Sewell was charged with DUI 0.08 grams or more, failure to maintain lane, and felony identity fraud.