NWGA Scanner | November 1st, 2022

DUI suspect arrested after leading Catoosa County deputy on high-speed pursuit to his house

According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on October 14th, 2022, at 11:46 PM, Corporal Thomas stopped a 2015 BMW 640I for speeding at 61 MPH in a 45 MPH zone on Highway 151 (Alabama Highway). The BMW pulled onto the lot of Mapco at Holcomb Road, where the deputy made contact with the driver, later identified as Harold Wales Mcalister, 59, of Ringgold. The deputy also noticed while approaching the vehicle that the validation decal on the tag was in June of 2022. When the deputy informed Harold of the violations, he replied, “yeah I’m just getting home from work.” According to the report, “Corporal Thomas asked Harold where he worked and he replied, “Abwells” Corporal Thomas asked him to repeat that and he said, “Bwellos”. Corporal Thomas was familiar with this restaurant and knew it was pronounced “Abuellos”. Corporal Thomas observed Harold’s eyes were red and slightly watery and that he was chewing on a breath mint and there was an odor of aftershave/cologne in the car as if had been freshly sprayed.” Corporal Thomas advised Harold about the expired tag and said it shouldn’t be expired and slurred “expired”. Corporal Thomas observed that Harold’s movements were very slow and was able to smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, even over the breath mint and aftershave he had used to mask the smell. Corporal Thomas asked Harold if he’d had anything to drink because he could smell it, but he said he’d had nothing. Harold then asked the deputy if he knew a retired lieutenant that previously worked at the Sheriff’s Office. Corporal Thomas then asked Harold if he would agree to field sobriety testing, but he refused, saying, “no, I’m not going to do any of that”. Corporal Thomas then advised him to exit the vehicle, but he refused, saying, “no, I’m not getting out of the car”. Corporal Thomas advised Harold that based on what he observed, he was now under arrest for DUI. Harold then demanded his license back. Corporal Thomas told Harold numerous times to get out of the vehicle, but he refused. Harold then put the vehicle in drive and began to pull forward. According to the report, “Corporal Thomas again told him to stop, but he kept going and pulled out of the convenience store parking lot. Corporal Thomas activated his siren and began pursuing Harold at speeds of around 80 MPH in the 30 MPH zone of Holcomb Road. The pursuit turned north onto Holcomb Road and continued to Poplar Springs.” the pursuit went through the Ringgold Elementary parking lot and then turned right onto Holcomb. The pursuit continued down multiple roads and through residential neighborhoods driving down the middle of the roadway and in the opposite lane of travel. Harold then turned onto Tranquil Lane and into his driveway. Corporal Thomas ran to the vehicle and forcibly removed him from the driver’s seat, and placed him into custody. Corporal Thomas observed the Yeti-style cup in the cup holder with a small amount of beer still inside. In the driver’s side door pocket, Deputy Cheramie located several different pills, and that was confirmed as Schedule II controlled substance. Harold refused the state test and was transported to the Catoosa County Jail, charged with felony fleeing, obstruction, reckless driving, speeding, operating a vehicle without registration, DUI multiple substances, possession of schedule II controlled substance, and open container violation.