Nick Masino, who served as the Mayor of Suwanee from 2000 through 2007, was arrested last week in Gwinnett County for driving under the influence ( DUI ) charges. Masino currently serves on the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce as Vice President of economic development.
Masino was allegedly swerving his vehicle on I-85 near the Lawrenceville - Suwanee Road exit. He was spotted by an off duty Suwanee police officer who sent out a be on the look out alert to Suwanee police dispatch. Masino reportedly pulled into a Zaxby's on Lawrenceville - Suwanee Road after another Suwanee officer observed him failing to maintain his lane. Upon being stopped, the Suwanee officer questioned Masino who admitted to having one drink at a restaurant near the Mall of Georgia. The officer reported that Masino's speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot, and that he strongly smelled of alcohol. Masino initially agreed to undergo some field sobriety testing but then discontinued the tests. He allegedly admitted to texting while driving and is facing a charge for that offense according to records. Masino refused to consent to a state administered chemical test. Refusing to submit to a blood or breath test can lead to serious implications by the Department of Driver Services ( DDS ). DDS guidelines demand a one year suspension of one's drivers license when a chemical test is refused by a driver suspected of DUI. Even if the DUI offense is a first in one's lifetime, the one year suspension for a refusal typically does not include any temporary or limited driving permits. A Gwinnett County DUI lawyer should be contacted as soon as possible following a DUI arrest to discuss your rights and saving your Georgia drivers license.
Mr. Masino went to the Gwinnett County jail following his arrest and his currently out on bond on the charges. He declined to comment on the charges.