The deputy commissioner for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources was recently arrested and accused of driving under the influence following a crash. Police arrested and charged the public servant on a recent Sunday. Police further allege that they found nine bottles of moonshine in the individual's vehicle when they arrested him.
When officers questioned him, the 48-year-old public servant told then that he crashed his car because he swerved to miss a deer. This caused his vehicle to spin out of control into a ditch. Both the driver and his passenger escaped the crash uninjured.
The sheriff's deputy for Japser County who decided to arrest the man claims that his breath had the smell of alcohol, he had watery bloodshot eyes, he wasn't wearing shoes and he had trouble finding his driver's license. The officer described the man as "very sluggish" in his responses to questioning. He allegedly blew a .146 percent on his Breathalyzer test.
As for the moonshine, police say that they found nine bottles in the car, and five of them were broken because of the crash. The driver claimed that the bottles weren't his, but he was aware that they were there.
The deputy commissioner has served the DNR since 1993. He has served as deputy commissioner since 2015. As a result of the DUI arrest, he is now on administrative leave.
It would behoove those who are arrested and accused of intoxicated driving to learn as much as they can about their legal rights. If accused individuals can successfully navigate their DUI accusations in court, they may be able to improve their legal situations.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "9 bottles of moonshine found during Georgia DNR official’s DUI arrest, cops say," Raisa Habersham, Nov. 22, 2017