In 2006, James Nicholas Ayers was stopped by the Georgia State Patrol for failure to maintain his lane and suspicion of drunk driving. In his report, the arresting officer noted "a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about his person." Ayers himself admitted to consuming a strong Jack (Daniels) and Coke. The officer also noted that before being pulled over, Ayers appeared to be attempting to hide.
Six Months Later, Gets Off With a Slap on the Wrist
Half a year later, after Perdue was re-elected, the DUI charge was amended to "Reckless Driving," and the "Failure to Maintain Lane" charge was dropped entirely (nolle prosequi).
Why Did They Drop the DUI Charge?
In a Washington Post profile of Ayers, he says "they dropped the DUI charge. That's really important." Quite an understatement! And of course he can't explain how or why this happened.
If it Looks Like a Duck, Swims Like a Duck, Quacks Like a Duck...
Court documents show Ayers was ordered to pay a $1,654 fine and complete 100 hours of community service. Add to that a required MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) panel, and you get a sentence much more consistent with Driving Under the Influence than mere reckless driving. It just doesn't add up.
Was the Case Dropped or Was it Handled?
If Ayers was cited for DUI, was given a sentence consistent with DUI, and ordered to complete a MADD course reserved for DUI offenders, why was he not charged with the crime he was punished for? The simple answer might be that he knew a DUI would look bad on his resume. Some have even gone so far as to accuse him of using his political connections and proximity to powerful people (like his boss Sonny Perdue) to get his case "fixed."
Where's the Outcry?
News outlets duly reported the arrest, but there has been no follow-up investigation since the final disposition of the case. This website is dedicated to those who recognize that the existing paperwork on Nick Ayers's DUI case raises more questions than it answers.