Men lose track of the beer count

The Covington News - - LOCAL - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

A con­cerned mo­torist, who re­port­edly saw a cou­ple pos­si­bly hav­ing sex in a car while an­other man threw a beer bot­tle at a busi­ness, called po­lice early Fri­day morn­ing, lead­ing to three ar­rests.

Of­fi­cers found the ve­hi­cle with three peo­ple in it as it was leav­ing the Cov­ing­ton Kmart park­ing lot. The car had one light out and was sig­nal­ing in one di­rec­tion, but turn­ing in the other, when of­fi­cers pulled over the driver, iden­ti­fied as 36-year-old Daniel Ray Miller.

They had Miller step out of his Ca­maro, and Miller re­port­edly leaned up against the car al­most im­me­di­ately. He reeked of al­co­hol and had slurred speech and blood­shot and glassy eyes, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. When asked what he was do­ing, Miller re­port­edly told of­fi­cers that he had come to pick up his son, 20-year-old Travis Alan Pad­gett, and Pad­gett’s girl­friend, 17-year-old Ha­ley Michelle Wil­liams, from the nearby Five O’clock Some­where es­tab­lish­ment. Miller said he had pulled over be­cause Pad­gett and Wil­liams “had to pee.”

He said he didn’t know if any­one threw a bot­tle at a busi­ness or not.

When asked by of­fi­cers, Miller re­port­edly said he’d had seven beers that evening. He de­clined a field so­bri­ety test be­cause, he said, “I won’t do too good at those.”

When of­fi­cers spoke with Pad­gett, he al­legedly told them he’d con­sumed three beers at the bar. When asked if he’d seen Miller drink­ing, he first said Miller had drunk two beers. Then he said he’d had one Four Loco, and then he said Miller had con­sumed a six-pack in the car and showed of­fi­cers an empty beer car­ton be­hind the driver’s seat.

Pad­gett and Wil­liams were both ar­rested and charged with pub­lic drunk and pos­ses­sion of an al­co­holic bev­er­age un­der the age of 21. Miller was charged with DUI and de­fec­tive equip­ment.

He re­port­edly fell asleep on the way to the jail, and when of­fi­cers woke him, said, “No Honey, I will just sleep here.”

When he did a breath test, he blew a .173. The le­gal limit is Ge­or­gia is .08.

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