Man charged with DUI, endangering daughter

COVINGTON - A Conyers man was charged with endangering his 9-year-old daughter Friday night after he was allegedly caught drinking and driving.

Shortly after 8:30 p.m., authorities responded to a residence on Old Monticello Street after receiving a call about a family argument, according to an incident report completed by Covington Police Department Officer Asher Dozier.

While en route to the call, a witness told 911 dispatchers that the suspect, James Russell Norton, 43, of 551 Creekwood Court, Conyers, was "drunk, yelling and trying to leave (the Monticello Street residence) with his young daughter," according to the CPD report.

The witness then told the dispatcher that Norton left the home and was headed toward Conyers in a gray, older model van.

Though police were unable to initially locate Norton's vehicle, Officer Mitch Nicholson later spotted the suspect returning to the driveway of the Monticello Street residence.

Norton, who had his daughter with him in the van, reportedly smelled of an alcoholic beverage and was being "very loud, boisterous and not able to reason," Dozier said.

After performing several field sobriety tests and registering positive for alcohol on a portable breath machine, Norton was taken into custody and transported to the Newton County Detention Center.

He has been charged with DUI and child endangerment. Norton's daughter was released to the custody of her mother.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.