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Minister Takes Keys Away From Drunk Man

A Chattooga County church of Christ minister took a drunken man’s keys away until cops could arrive Friday night.

Minister Chris Woods was seating in his living room eating dinner with his family when he spotted someone walking around on his porch about 8:50 p.m. on Friday.

Woods initially thought it was his father-in-law. Then after looking again he realized it was a stranger. Cops later identified the stranger as Brandon Dale Rackley, 34, of Chickamauga.

Woods began talking with the stranger.

Rackley asked him if Mr. Woods would be his friend and if he drank beer. Mr. Woods rejected his offer and told Mr. Rackley that he was a preacher,” Deputy Alan Garmany reported. ” Mr.
Rackley replied back with he was in the wrong place and got into the driver seat and crank the truck. Mr. Woods advised that was when he had his wife call 911 and he went out to stop Mr. Rackley from driving off and took his keys from him until officers arrived.”

Cops arrived and noticed Rackley was intoxicated. They administered a portable Alco Sensor breath test and Rackley alcohol concentration showed him to be impaired (.237 on the Alco Sensor).

Rackley was arrested for disorderly conduct, according to reports.



  1. Erik mann on January 27, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    no real crime, but an arrest. a minister does a good deed and instead of turning it into a moment to potentially counsel a guy, he gets him arrested. cops and their disorderly conduct charge.

  2. Wes Dawson on January 27, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Congratulations Chris! You did exactly what you should have done! It was the police decision to arrest him. You are not responsible for that. Had he not been arrested he could still have been behind the wheel before sobering up. I do not understand why anyone would not have wanted someone who was obviously impaired off the streets for his own good. Had you not taken the keys and called the police someone who was obviously drunk, according to the police, might have staggered into traffic and been killed even if he had walked home. You did him and everyone else a favor.

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