The Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has run into some trouble with the law. He's facing potential DUI charges. Two different investigations are being carried out by the authorities to get to the bottom of a rather complex situation.
The whole thing started when the man was driving his Corvette on a Sunday and was involved in an accident. He claims he saw a deer and had a swerve to avoid hitting it. Police, though, want to charge him with failure to maintain his lane and driving under the influence.
The officer who responded to the crash said that the man's eyes looked watery and bloodshot. He said the alcohol was strong enough that he could smell it, so he gave the man a breath test. The Deputy Commissioner did admit to drinking, but said he'd had just two drinks. Then he took the breath test and the police say he clocked in at .146. The legal limit is .08.
The police then searched his car, and that's when they discovered nine jars of moonshine that were still intact. They found five more jars that were smashed and destroyed due to the wreck.
The Department of Natural Resources is carrying out an investigation, as is the Department of Revenue. The police, of course, have also been gathering information.
Charges like this are very serious. In a few minutes, a person's entire life can change forever. On top of potential fines and jail time, entire careers can end. That's why it's so important for everyone to know their rights and to get a fair trial. There is no room for error.
Source: WRDW, "Georgia official faces DUI charge; moonshine found in car," Nov. 23, 2017