NWGA Scanner | September 19th, 2021

Cohutta man charged with DUI after speeding past Whitfield County deputy at 80 mph

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on September 12th, 2021, at around 1:00 AM, Deputy Caraway was sitting at the intersection of Beaverdale Road and Lake Francis Road typing a report. According to the report, “Deputy Caraway’s attention was brought to a tan in color Ford Ranger that was traveling northbound on Beaverdale. The reason Deputy Caraway’s attention was brought to it was that Deputy Caraway could tell that the vehicle was traveling over 70 miles an hour. Deputy Caraway attempted to catch up to the vehicle. Deputy Caraway was able to see the taillights of the truck after it had passed Boyles Mill Road. Deputy Caraway continued catching up to the vehicle and had visibly estimated the vehicle’s speed at 80 miles an hour.” The truck did not come to a stop for the stop sign on Beaverdale Road at GA 2. The deputy was able to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle on Cohutta Beaverdale at Mt. Pleasant. The deputy made contact with the driver Xavier Heath Taylor, 28, of Cohutta. Taylor stated that he knew he was speeding. According to the report, “While Deputy Caraway was speaking with Mr. Taylor, Deputy Caraway noticed that Mr. Taylor’s eyes were bloodshot. Deputy Caraway asked Mr. Taylor if he had been drinking. Mr. Taylor stated that he had two or three beers. Deputy Caraway asked Mr. Taylor to step outside the vehicle. Deputy Caraway noticed that when Mr. Taylor got out of his vehicle that he was unsteady on his feet and used his truck to help keep his balance.”During Field Sobriety Testing, Taylor showed sic out of six clues for impairment. According to the report, Taylor then showed a BAC of .121 grams on an Alco-Sensor. Taylor was then placed under arrest for DUI. Taylor agreed to the state breath test and showed a BAC of .144 grams at the Whitfield County Jail. Taylor was charged with speeding, failure to stop at a stop sign, and DUI Alcohol 0.08 grams or more.