NWGA Scanner | September 14th, 2021

Chattanooga man charged with DUI after nearly backing into patrol vehicle at the Rossville Mapco

According to a Walker County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on August 30th, 2021, at approximately 10:45 PM, Sgt. Agredano conducted a business check at the Mapco located on McFarland Avenue at North Jenkins Road. Sgt. Agredano observed Jerry Lamar Pursley, 56, of Chattanooga, TN, exit the store, and the deputy noticed he was extremely unsteady on his feet. The deputy then observed Jerry get into the driver’s side of the 2002 Nissan Frontier and crank it up. Sgt. Agredano reported, “[I] then positioned my vehicle behind his vehicle and initiated my blue lights. The vehicle began to back up toward my vehicle, and [I] initiated my siren to get his attention and stop. Jerry stopped the vehicle and put it in the park.” The deputy made contact with the driver and asked the suspect how many alcoholic beverages he had consumed. Jerry stated none, and he provided the deputy with a Tennessee ID card. During the field sobriety tests, Jerry showed several signs of impairment and was placed under arrest for DUI. Jerry returned with a revoked driver’s license through the state of Tennessee. Jerry then began to complain about his handcuffs being too tight and stated that his left cuff was too tight. Sgt. Agredano reported, “[I] went to check the handcuffs, and as [I] was taking off the seat belt, Jerry kicked at my leg with his right leg, [I] pushed him over onto the seat to gain control.” Jerry was transported to the Walker County Jail. When the deputy asked Jerry if he was ready for the state blood draw, he agreed to he then stated, “Go to hell,” and refused the blood draw. Jerry was then placed in the holding cell, charged with DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving while license is revoked.