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Teen arrested after alleged drunken rampage
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A local teen arrested last week wearing only his boxer shorts faces numerous charges in connection with an alleged drunken rampage that left cars beat up, windows busted and a mailbox damaged in downtown Dawsonville.

Arrested overnight Dec. 30, Matthew James Nettles, 18, was charged with disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, second degree criminal damage to property and destruction of mailboxes.

Additional charges include furnishing, purchasing or possession of alcohol by an underage individual, pedestrian under the influence and two counts of obstructing officers, according to jail records.

Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said the suspect was taken in to custody after authorities arrived on scene and witnessed him screaming profanities and acting in a disorderly manner.

"He had knocked down a mailbox and was screaming and throwing trashcans when they arrived," he said. "The officers saw him screaming, in his boxers, very loudly, at which point, they got out to try to find out what was going on with him."

Wooten said Nettles then made obscene gestures with his hands and continued to yell obscenities at the officers.

"They could smell alcohol on him when they approached him," Wooten said.

Wooten said Nettles was apprehended after he attempted to flee officers and was taken down by a Taser.

"He was then taken into custody," he said.

Nettles is accused of vandalizing at least one mailbox, busting out a garage window and causing damage to two vehicles.

"The damage to the vehicles is currently being assessed. The victim is getting estimates to the damage caused to the vehicles," Wooten said.

According to Wooten, Nettles was not specifically directing the rage toward an individual.

"He was just agitated and took the anger outside where he caused the damage to the vehicles, mailbox and garage window," he said.

Nettles was released after posting a $13,200 bond on Dec. 31.

 

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