Drug Testing News
charged with drunken driving
By Anne Hart
The DUI coordinator at Chatham County State Court resigned
Monday after being arrested and charged with drunken driving
last week, court officials said.
Brian P. Harrell, 24, was arrested Friday in downtown Athens
after police stopped him about 1:30 a.m. because he was
driving without his headlights on, officers said.
According to a police report, Harrell smelled of alcohol and
had bloodshot eyes.
Harrell -- who has worked for two weeks as coordinator for the
State Court's newly developed DUI program -- told an
Athens-Clarke County officer he had been drinking, but "not
much," the report said.
An AlcoSensor test indicated Harrell's blood-alcohol level was
.13, the report said. The limit in Georgia is .08.
Harrell refused a requested state-administered chemical breath
test. He was booked in Clarke County jail and released Friday
on $1,750 bail.
Harrell declined to comment for this article.
Harrell's last day as DUI coordinator is Friday, said court
administrator Dan Massey. He said the arrest prompted
The Chatham County State Court's DUI program follows the drug
court model, Massey said. The drug court program aims to help
offenders avoid incarceration by following a strict regiment
The State Court DUI program is a pilot project funded for one
year through grant monies and is based on programs in Hall
County and Athens-Clarke County.