ALE Charges Two Montgomery County Residents Following Crash Involving Alcohol

Two Montgomery County residents face alcohol charges related to a high speed chase and crash earlier this week in Richmond County.

Alcohol Law Enforcement special agents charged Jesson Keifer Almond, 20, with aiding and abetting the underage possession of alcoholic beverages, and Jonathan Roberts, 17, for underage possession of malt beverages. ALE initiated its investigation after learning that the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office charged 18-year-old Dillion Paul Chesney of Troy with numerous offenses including underage possession of malt beverages and driving while impaired.

On March 22, Chesney led Richmond County Sheriff deputies on a high speed chase, reaching more than 100 miles per hour, which ended when he hit the back of a pick-up truck. The driver of the pick-up truck suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash.

According to the ALE investigation, Chesney had been drinking at a friend’s residence in Montgomery County prior to the crash. Chesney and Roberts were at Roberts’ residence when Almond arrived. Almond drove Chesney and Roberts to his residence where Chesney apparently began drinking beer. Coolers of beer were at Almond’s residence from a previous gathering. Almond allegedly allowed Chesney and Roberts to drink some of the beers.

Later, Roberts drove Chesney to the residence of Chesney’s relatives in Ellerbe, where Chesney took the relatives’ vehicle without their knowledge.

ALE agents have the authority to arrest and take investigatory action for any criminal offense. Their primary responsibility is the enforcement of Alcoholic Beverage Control laws and state lottery laws. ALE is a branch of the State Bureau of Investigation.



Contact: Mike Yates
Phone: (704) 618-6806