Man crashes into tree after claiming he had 1 beer

COVINGTON — A man involved in a one-vehicle wreck earlier this week apparently lost track of how much he had to drink after work.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded around 3 a.m. Sunday to a wreck on Cowan Road. According to Investigator Jeff Alexander, 24-year-old Frank Edward Nash of 25 Millcrest Drive, was traveling along Cowan Road when he lost control of the Toyota Tacoma truck he was driving as he attempted to negotiate a curve in the road and struck a tree in a resident’s front yard.

When one of the responding deputies approached Nash, he noticed a strong odor of alcohol.

“The man said he had been working a lot of hours at his job on Peachtree Industrial and admitted to having one beer after work,” Alexander said.

However, the deputies noticed a 12-pack of beer in the truck that was missing six beers and an empty bottle of beer near the driver’s seat.

Nash was apparently uninjured and was transported to the Newton County Law Enforcement Center where breathalyzer tests showed he had a blood alcohol level of .127 and .135.

In other news, a deputy was on his way Saturday to a call that gunshots had been fired in the area of Settlers Grove when he noticed a driver run a stop sign at Broken Branch Court and then turn left in front of him. The call of gunshots turned out to be unfounded, but the deputy pulled over the errant driver and discovered he was driving with a suspended license.

Charles O’Neal Lawrence, 33, of 10115 Waterford Road, was charged with driving while license suspended and failure to stop at a stop sign.