NWGA Scanner | June 8th, 2022

Chatsworth man arrested for DUI after leaving Chattanooga bar and driving erratic all over I-75 in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On May 28th, 2022, at 1:36 AM, Lt. Gibson responded to the area of I-75 southbound at the 333 entrance ramp in reference to a BOLO for a silver 2022 Dodge Ram failing to maintain its speeds and lane. Lt. Gibson observed the vehicle as it passed under the Walnut Avenue overpass in the middle lane. According to the report, “Once Lt. Gibson caught up to the vehicle, it was in the right lane, failing to maintain the lane by drifting back and forth over the lane divider and fog line. The vehicle repeated this multiple times before Lt. Gibson observed the vehicle drift to the right until the vehicle was driving on the shoulder. After driving on the shoulder, the driver made an extreme and abrupt steering correction to the left, causing the truck to dart all the way to the middle lane. At this time, Lt. Gibson activated his blue lights and siren in order to initiate a traffic stop. The deputy then made contact with the driver, Zackary Tyler Davis, 27, of Chatsworth, and advised the reason for the stop. The deputy had Davis step out of the vehicle and observed he was wearing a paper wristband that is commonly associated with establishments that sell alcoholic beverages. Davis continued to explain to the deputy that he had done absolutely nothing wrong. According to the report, “Mr. Davis advised Lt. Gibson he could go ahead and write Mr. Davis a ticket for texting and driving if Lt. Gibson wished. While speaking with Lt. Gibson, he observed that Mr. Davis’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, and despite Mr. Davis wearing a surgical mask, Lt. Gibson could detect the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person. Lt. Gibson informed Mr. Davis about the BOLO, but Mr. Davis stated he had not been driving that long due to just picking up the passenger Ms. Cochran. Lt. Gibson asked Mr. Davis where he picked Ms. Cochran up from, and he stated, “Just down the road.” Lt. Gibson asked for more detail, and Mr. Davis stated Chattanooga. Mr. Davis then began explaining to Lt. Gibson about his work history, business ventures, and college sports that he participates in, and he explained that he was “not about no stupid s**t”. Lt. Gibson then asked Mr. Davis if he had consumed any alcoholic beverages, and Mr. Davis stated he had none at all.” During the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, the deputy observed six out of six clues for alcohol impairment. Davis then asked Lt. Gibson if he needed to contact an attorney. Davis then explained again to Lt. Gibson that due to his jobs and business ventures, he had too much to lose. During further field sobriety tests, Davis showed several signs of impairment and showed a BAC of .137 on a PBT. Lt. Gibson then asked Davis again if he had drank anything this date, and he stated he had maybe one or two beers, despite having stated that he had not drank anything twice in their previous conversations. Davis was then placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state test. The female passenger stated that they were coming from Westbound Bar in Chattanooga. Ms. Cochran stated that she had been drinking at this location as well. According to the report, “Lt. Gibson returned to Mr. Davis, and he advised him that Ms. Cochran would not be allowed to drive the vehicle as he had requested due to her having been drinking as well. Mr. Davis asked if the owner of the vehicle could come to pick up the vehicle, but when Lt. Gibson asked how far away the owner was, Mr. Davis asked, “Man, why you gotta do us like this?” Lt. Gibson advised Mr. Davis that he was not doing anything, and Mr. Davis had made his decision to drive. Mr. Davis advised, “I did the right thing. I had my legal limit that I thought of.” Mr. Davis continued to explain that he had two or three beers while he and Ms. Cochran were out, as opposed to the one or two that he revealed earlier.” Davis was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of 0.108. Davis was charged with failure to maintain lane, driving in the emergency lane, failure to signal, distracted driving, and DUI / Alcohol / 0.08 Grams or more 21 and Older.