Teen Arrested for DUI

A B.O.L.O call for a reckless driver ended with an 18year old behind bars for several offenses according to Chattooga County Deputies.

On Sunday May 16th, Deputies received a call for a reckless driver in a Ford Ranger. The Ranger was last seen at Wildlife Lake Food Mart by a concerned, passing motorist. The Ford Ranger was discovered sitting near the fuel pumps at the convenience store.

When approaching the vehicle, Deputies noted some empty beer bottles in the bed of the pickup truck. When attempting to speak with the driver of the Ford, Deputies noted that he, later identified at James Hewitt, was on his phone and slurring his speech. After detecting an odor of alcohol, and having Hewitt exit the vehicle, it was also observed that Hewitt was unsteady on his feet and his eyes appeared to be heavy, consistent with alcohol intake.

When asked how many beers he had consumed, Hewitt was unable to tell the Deputies, but did consent to an Alco-Sensor test which showed a BAC of .231. Deputies asked again how much Hewitt had to drink and after he responded with, “I don’t know, you tell me”; Deputies placed him under arrest. Hewitt was charged with Public Drunkenness, and  under age consumption as Hewitt was just 18. He was transported to the Chattooga County Jail without further incident.