NWGA Scanner | April 11th, 2022

Dalton man arrested for DUI after Catoosa County deputy observes him driving all over I-75

According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On April 3rd, 2022, at 12:50 AM, Deputy Carmichael was traveling south on I-75 passing mile marker 347 when he observed a silver 2002 GMC Envoy in the third lane hit the rumble strips on the left side of the roadway, a short time later the SUV was traveling partially in the middle lane and third lane before correcting back into the third lane. According to the report, “Deputy Carmichael observed the vehicle fail to maintain lane a third time hitting the left shoulder rumble strip, at this time Deputy Carmichael initiated a traffic stop using his emergency equipment, the vehicle came to a stop on the exit ramp of the 345.” When the deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Gerardo Yerena Calderon, 25, of Dalton, he reported the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage was emitting from the vehicle. According to the report, “When Deputy Carmichael made contact with Calderon, the odor of alcohol became stronger. Deputy Carmichael asked the driver if he or anyone in the vehicle had been drinking. The driver stated they were on the way home to Dalton from a bar in Chattanooga. When asked if the driver would consent to field sobriety, he agreed. Deputy Carmichael asked the offender how much he had consumed. He stated one beer two hours ago. Upon reaching the patrol vehicle, Deputy Carmichael observed the driver’s eyes to be glossy and bloodshot, consistent with being under the influence.” During field sobriety testing, Calderon showed several signs of being impaired and showed a BAC of .113 on a PBT. When asked again how much he had consumed, Calderon stated he had consumed Jagermeister and some Redbull and Vodkas. Calderon was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to that state test. Calderon was transported to the Catoosa County Jail, charged with DUI and failure to maintain a single lane