McDuffie County Commission Chairman Charles G. Newton, 55, was arrested for driving under the influence on June 16, 2022. He recently faced the charges against him during an August 16 court appearance before Judge Valerie Burley.

At the time of his arrest, Newton was given a field sobriety test and the Georgia State Police trooper who stopped him reported that Newton was not able to keep his head still and couldn’t complete the walk and turn test without using his arms for balance and swaying. Newton also reportedly couldn’t complete the one leg stand test and put his raised foot down multiple times during the test.