NWGA Scanner | May 31st, 2022

Indiana fugitive arrested after GSP trooper uses PIT maneuver to successfully end pursuit in Catoosa County

According to the Georgia State Patrol, “These are the preliminary investigative findings, and this incident is still under investigation. On May 30, 2022, at 2:57p.m., troopers from the Georgia State Patrol Post 5 attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a black Kia Soul for impeding the flow of traffic on Battlefield Parkway in Catoosa County. The driver, Mr. Derek Taylor Diego Zanfei, 32, of Munster, Indiana, initiated a pursuit by fleeing north on Dietz Road. The pursuit continued onto GA 146 East, and then eventually onto Mack Smith Road. A successful PIT maneuver was performed on Mack Smith Road and both occupants were taken into custody. According to NWI.com, in April of 2022, Lake County Indiana, prosecutors dropped charges against a Zanfei accused of slashing a girlfriend with a butcher-type knife in 2020, records showed. Zanfei won’t be prosecuted in connection with the alleged domestic battery Dec. 6, 2020, but he pleaded guilty earlier this month in a separate case to a felony count of unlawful possession of a syringe. Lake Criminal Court Judge Natalie Bokota accepted his plea agreement and sentenced him to two years in jail, suspended in favor of probation. Zanfei was booked into the Catoosa County Jail, charged with due care, failure to maintain lane, possession of drug related objects, limitations on driving on left of center of roadway, reckless driving, speeding, driving without a valid license, driving on right side of roadway, u-turns, when prohibited, minimum speed regulation, DUI – driving under the influence of drugs – less safe, felony fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, unlawful for any person to purchase, possess, or have under his control any controlled substance, and hold placed for wanted by other agency.