NWGA Scanner | November 1st, 2022

DUI driver arrested for child endangerment after speeding and driving all over the road in Catoosa County

According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On October 15th, 2022, at 11:55 PM, Corporal Thomas was sitting stationary on Dietz Road at Hidden Creek observing traffic when he saw a PT Cruiser pass him southbound with the passenger side tail light out. Corporal Thomas observed the vehicle traveling at 50 mph in a 30 mph zone on Daily Hill. While behind the vehicle, Corporal Thomas observed the vehicle driving all over the roadway crossing the double yellow line multiple times while on Daily Hill and Old Mill Road. Corporal Thomas initiated a traffic stop on Denmore Road and made contact with the driver, identified as Lagreg Marshun Burns, 31, of Chattanooga, TN. According to the report, “Corporal Thomas advised the reason for the stop, and he replied “are you serious” but slurred the word ‘serious’. Corporal Thomas could also see Burns’s eyes were slightly red, slightly watery, and appeared droopy as if he were sleepy. When speaking with Burns, Corporal Thomas saw his 2-year-old son sitting in the back seat. As Corporal Thomas waited for Burns to find proof of insurance, he could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Burns. Corporal Thomas asked Burns if he’d had anything to drink, and he said he had not. Corporal Thomas told him he could smell the alcohol, but Burns again denied drinking anything.” Burns stated he was coming from a funeral and when asked again if he had anything to drink, he stated, “nothing ridiculous”. When Corporal Thomas asked Burns if he would do some field sobriety tests to see if he was ok to drive, he replied “no I’m fine” and then asked if he could call his brother to get his son and car. Burns stated he just didn’t want his son to see this. When asked again, Burns said, “I’d rather not” and that he just wanted his brother to come to pick up his son. Burns was placed under arrest for DUI and refused the state testing of his blood. Burns was transported to the Catoosa County Jail, charged with DUI, DUI child endangerment, and too fast for conditions.