Prominent republican backer James Clayton Newman was arrested in Cobb County last month and charged with DUI, at least his second this year.
Newman was arrested on Interstate 285 at Paces Ferry Road around 1 a.m. on Oct. 15. According to the arrest report from Cobb County Sheriff's Office, the 58-year-old Newton County resident was charged with crossing the median/divided highway, improper lane change, revoked/suspended driver's license and DUI.
This is not the first DUI arrest for Newman, who is active in the Covington Redevelopment Authority and on the board of the Newton County Chamber of Commerce. In April he was arrested on Usher Street and charged with DUI second offense after he reportedly cut in front of a Covington Police Officer. He was first arrested in for DUI in Newton County in April 2010.
Georgia law requires that after a second DUI offense the driver's license be revoked for three years, hence the most recent charge of revoked/suspended driver's license from Cobb County.
For a third DUI the driver faces a fine of $1,000-$5,000, a mandatory prison sentence of 120 days to 12 months with no less than 15 days of incarceration time, minimum 30 days of community service, competition of the Risk Reduction program, a clinical evaluation, then completion of a substance abuse treatment program, 12 months probation (minus time served) and a five year license suspension.
Newman was bonded out of the Cobb County jail at 5:32 p.m. on Oct. 15. He is not yet on the court docket.