NWGA Scanner | March 10th, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on March 5th, 2021, at around 2:11 AM, Deputy Figg was working traffic on I-75 Northbound at the 324 cut-through. While working in traffic, the deputy observed a vehicle in the left land traveling at a very high rate of speed. This vehicle was passing two cars on the left at a high rate of speed. The deputy checked the vehicle on LASER going 106 MPH in a posted 70 MPH Zone. The vehicle passed the deputy, not slowing down, and appeared to speed up. The deputy caught up to the vehicle that was now going 110 MPH. The deputy attempted a traffic stop at the 326. The vehicle continued at the same speed for about a half mile before slowing to 70 MPH, then finally pulling over the north of mile marker 327. The deputy approached the driver, later identified as Alexander Cuesta-Paternina, 46, of Cleveland, TN, and instructed him to turn the engine off. Alexander was taken into custody by the deputy. The deputy returned to speak with the passengers, as well as requesting another unit due to the passengers. Deputy Figg in Spanish asked if they had the money for a taxi. All the passengers stated they did not speak English and did not understand his Spanish either. Deputy Gomez assisted in translating so they could arrange a ride to their destination. The deputy found Alexander’s Tennessee learners permit, XPD. Once Deputy Gomez arrived on the scene, Deputy Figg requested he get better information from the passengers as well as why the driver did not pull over. Alexander advised Deputy Gomez he saw the blue lights and heard the siren but did not know what to do. Alexander was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with speeding, reckless driving, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and driving without a driver’s license.