LaFayette teen arrested for DUI after being stopped by trooper for tag light violation in Chattooga County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On September 23rd, 2023, at 11:16 PM, while patrolling GA 114 and Lyerly Dam Road in Chattooga County, Sgt. Shamblin observed a tan Chevrolet Malibu tag light was not working as the vehicle traveled down Lyerly Dam Road. Sgt. Shamblin reported, “While approaching some emergency lights ahead, the driver of the vehicle pulled into a private lot and turned around to avoid the situation ahead. [I] then traveled past the vehicle and turned around to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle turned left onto GA 114, and [I] conducted a traffic stop.” The trooper then made contact with the driver, identified as Lance Kadin Maynard, 18, of LaFayette. While speaking with Maynard, Sgt. Shamblin noticed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath and also an odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Sgt. Shamblin also noticed numerous “Twisted Tea” alcoholic beverages opened and empty in the rear passenger seat. Sgt. Shamblin reported, “[I] had Maynard exit the vehicle and step to the rear. [I] confirmed that Maynard was 18 years old and asked about the alcohol odor. Maynard became withdrawn, stating he couldn’t get into trouble. He admitted to drinking Twisted Teas and smoking marijuana earlier in the evening. While speaking to him, [I] noticed a bulge in his left pocket. In my training and experience, [I] recall the shape of a bulge of this nature to be a wad of marijuana. [I] asked about the bulge, and Maynard stated it was marijuana.” During field sobriety tests, Maynard showed multiple clues of alcohol and drug impairment. Maynard was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to a blood test. Maynard was booked into the Chattooga County Jail and charged with DUI, tag light violation, possession of marijuana, and open container violation.

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