NWGA Scanner | November 14th, 2022

Chattanooga man arrested for DUI after leaving local bar and speeding in Catoosa County

According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On Saturday, October 29th, 2022, Deputy Kuzma was running stationary radar on Graysville Road when he observed a 2022 grey Toyota 4Runner traveling at 52 mph in a posted 35 mph zone. Deputy Kuzma initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Stephen Henry Cooper, 44, of Chattanooga, TN. According to the report, “While Deputy Kuzma was getting Cooper’s information, he noticed that Cooper’s eyes were glassy and watery, and Deputy Kuzma could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. Cooper stated that he was coming from a football game party and headed home.” When asked, Cooper stated he only had two Bud Light beers before driving. Deputy Kuzma asked Cooper if he would perform some field sobriety tests to make sure he was ok to be driving, and Cooper stated that he did not understand what that meant. Cooper stated that he felt like Deputy Kuzma was entrapping him and that this was entrapment. Cooper would never give an answer for the test. Cooper got angry and stated that he did not think he was going 52 mph and was wanting an accuracy test to be done on Deputy Kuzma’s radar. According to the report, “Before Deputy Kuzma went back to his patrol car Cooper stated that his “fight or flight was about to kick in real quick”. Lt. Cunningham then responded to assist. Cooper kept making statements that it wasn’t a big deal and that he only lived less than a mile down the road. Cooper advised the deputy that he did not understand why Deputy Kuzma was continuing his investigation. Cooper continued to refuse any further testing. Cooper was then placed under arrest for DUI and continued to say he did not believe that Deputy Kuzma had a valid reason for stopping him in the first place, even after Deputy Kuzma explained it to him multiple times. After being read implied consent, Cooper refused the test by stating, “just take me to jail”, and that he did not want to give Deputy Kuzma anything. According to the report, While being booked into the Catoosa County Jail, Jailer Belue stated that Cooper told her that he was leaving Farm To Fork, which is a local bar known for DUIs. Cooper was charged with DUI and speeding.