NWGA Scanner | March 4th, 2021

Chatsworth man arrested for DUI after driving reckless at 100+ mph on I-75 in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on February 21st, 2021, at around 12:17 AM, Deputy Figg was working traffic on I-75 at the 338-mile marker cut through. The deputy observed a vehicle traveling south in the left lane at a high rate of speed, making sudden lane changes. The deputy checked the vehicle on laser going 106 MPH in a posted 70 MPH Zone. The deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at mile marker 337. The deputy made contact with the driver, Jesus Maldonado-De Leon, 21, of Chatsworth. As Jesus was exiting the vehicle, the deputy could smell both a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage and body cologne coming from his person. As the deputy was taking Jesus into custody, Jesus began shivering, as the temp on I-75 was 28 degrees. The deputy did not administer field sobriety due to this. Jesus was read the Georgia implied consent for persons over the age of 21 and agreed to take the breath test. While completing an inventory for the vehicle, the deputy observed a box of Corona with five empty bottles in it. Jesus was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he registered a .158 (BAC). Jesus was charged with speeding, reckless driving, possession of open alcohol while operating a motor vehicle, and DUI .08 grams or more.