On July 27, 2006, at about 10:05 p.m., Houston Sheriff Deputy Officer Richard Slate Simmons saw vehicle driver, Daniel Lee Berg, weave on Nelson Drive and then fail to come to a complete stop in Warner Robins, Georgia. Deputy Simmons initiated a traffic stop and saw Daniel Lee Berg exit the vehicle's driver's side door and sprint into a dark, wooded, area. Daniel Lee Berg's flight was captured on Deputy Simmon's patrol car videotape.
Deputy Simmons responded by pursuing and capturing the fleeing driver, Daniel Lee Berg, but not before Daniel Lee Berg attacked, elbowed and punched Deputy Simmons' body and face. Deputy Simmons successfully placed Daniel Lee Berg into handcuffs. Other Houston County Deputy Officers arrived and transported Daniel Lee Berg to jail.
Daniel Lee Berg was charged with five Counts, pursuant to an Indictment, including: OBSTRUCTION OF AN OFFICER;FLEEING OR ATTEMPTING TO ELUDE, RUNNING A STOP SIGN, WEAVING ON ROADWAY, DRIVING WITH SUSPENDED OR REVOKED LICENSE.The case of the State versus Daniel Lee Berg, presided over by the Honorable Edward Lukemire, was scheduled to begin trial on Monday, August 13, 2007. Emory D. Christian, Assistant District Attorney, on behalf of Kelly R. Burke, District Attorney for the Houston Judicial Circuit, along with Defendant Daniel Lee Berg's attorney Gregory Bell selected a jury and argued motions.
Faced with overwhelming evidence of his criminal activity, Defendant Daniel Lee Berg pleaded guilty to each of the Five Counts and was sentenced to a total of Seven (7) Years, 21-24 months of which he will serve in the McEvers Probation Facility, located in Perry Georgia, followed by One Year Intensive Probation, during which time he will be supervised by the Houston County Probation Department and required to complete Ninety-Six (96) hours of community service, as well as pay a One Thousand Dollar ($1,000). For the remaining three (3) years of regular probation Defendant Daniel Lee Berg will be subjected to Special Drug Offender Conditions which require him to submit to warrantless searches, and periodic drug testing. During Defendant Daniel Lee Berg's period of probation he will be required to obtain and maintain employment as well.
Daniel Lee Berg learned, the hard way, how NOT TO RESPOND TO THE BLUE LIGHTS.
Kelly Burke, District Attorney: "In keeping with our policy that anyone who resists arrest or flees officers will go to prison, Mr. Berg was required to face a jury or plead guilty. His sentence is an appropriate punishment by the Court for fleeing officers and obstructing justice in this case. Mr. Berg and everyone else is reminded that getting 'blue lighted' is not reason enough to resist law enforcement contact. All Mr. Berg had to do was face reality, he was driving on a suspended license. That crime is bad enough, but to resist arrest simply added to his problems. Two years in a probation detention center will hopefully cause Mr. Berg to rethink his reaction the next time he gets 'blue lighted'."