NWGA Scanner | September 12th, 2022

Canton man arrested for DUI after 911 call from concerned citizen in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, “Lt. Rann reports that on September 2nd, 2022, at approximately 4:23 AM, a concerned citizen called 911 in reference to a possible intoxicated driver traveling southbound on I-75. The caller advised dispatch that a vehicle, possibly a Toyota Celica, missing part of its front bumper, was driving recklessly and all over the road.” Lt. Rann and Deputy Kirby waited at exit 328 for the vehicle as dispatch gave updates from the caller. Lt. Ran then observed the vehicle driving all over the roadway and speeding. Lt. Rann initiated a traffic stop on the Acura RSX and made contact with the driver, identified as Deonte Rashaud Ellis, 21, of Canton. Ellis advised that he was just trying to get home to Canton and was coming from Knoxville, TN. Trooper Stephens arrived on the scene to assist. According to the report, “Ellis advised Trooper Stephens that he had been at the Tennessee game in Knoxville and had been drinking, although Ellis had told Lt. Rann that he had not been drinking. Lt. Rann noted that the tag on the vehicle actually returned to a Ford Explorer to Ellis. Lt. Rann got out of the patrol vehicle and spoke with Ellis about his tag. Ellis advised that the Ford Explorer was impounded, and the Acura was given to him to drive by a friend.” Ellis then showed a BAC of .079 on a PBT. During field sobriety testing, Ellis showed several signs of impairment and was placed under arrest for DUI. The passenger Morris showed a BAC of .004, and the vehicle was released to her. Ellis was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of .075. Ellis was charged with DUI (less safe), failure to signal a lane change, and failure to maintain lane.