A Summerville man was arrested shortly after midnight on Sunday morning after he was found to be driving intoxicated on Highway 48.
A deputy on patrol in the Menlo area observed a silver passenger car traveling eastbound on Highway 48. The deputy noticed that the passenger side tail light and brake light were non-functioning. The deputy ran the car’s plates and they came back registered to a Mitsubishi truck.
The deputy pulled over the suspect near the intersection of Mahan Road and Highway 48. While speaking to the driver, identified as twenty-nine-year-old Cody Hughes of Summerville, why the vehicle had the wrong tag. Hughes told the deputy that because the tag office had been closed due to COVID-19, his buddy had given him a tag so he wouldn’t get pulled over.
The deputy noticed a strong smell of alcohol. When questioned, Mr. Hughes admitted to drinking four beers at his buddy’s house. He also had an open can of beer and three unopened cans with him in the vehicle. After running Mr. Hughes’ license, which came back suspended, he was placed under arrest for DUI, defective tail light and driving on suspended or revoked license.
Mr. Hughes was booked into the Chattooga County Jail.