NWGA Scanner | September 21st, 2021

Kennesaw woman charged with DUI after GSP Trooper ends I-75 pursuit with PIT maneuver

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, on September 3rd, 2021, at 6:50 PM, Trooper Sutherland responded to a BOLO on I-75 northbound at mile marker 307. Gordon County Sheriff’s Deputy Holley initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and advised the trooper to take over near exit 320. TFC3 Sutherland reported, “After the vehicle stopped, Deputy Holley advised me that she had traveled into the emergency lane. [I] approached the passenger side of the vehicle and asked the driver to roll the window down. The driver, later identified as Ms. Liya Tiruneh Begosew, 26, of Kennesaw, rolled the window down approximately two inches and refused to roll the window down any further. Ms. Begosew stated she did not have her license on her, and I asked her to step out of the vehicle. Ms. Begosew stated that she did not want to get out of her vehicle. [I] advised her several times to step out of the vehicle. Ms. Begosew shifted the vehicle into drive and drove away from the traffic stop.” The trooper gave in pursuit and advised Begosew to fail to maintain her lane multiple times. Troop A Communications advised the trooper that stop-sticks were unavailable. According to the report, Trooper Chiesa joined the pursuit at the exit ramp of 328. Trooper Chiesa and Trooper Sutherland attempted to box in the fleeing 2011 Nissan Rogue. According to the report, Begosew had been slowed to almost a stop with the box-in but swerved onto the left shoulder, escaping the box-in. Trooper Sutherland reported, “Ms. Begosew then began driving erratically and recklessly. Due to Ms. Begosew’s driving manner becoming dangerous to the public, [I] decided to perform a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) to terminate the pursuit. [I] executed the PIT on I-75 northbound at mile marker 331. The PIT was successful, bringing the fleeing vehicle to a stop.” Begosew slowly exited her vehicle, turned, and started fleeing on foot. Begosew was taken into custody where she urinated on herself and the troopers right leg. According to the report, Begosew stated that she did not wish to speak with the trooper and agreed to the state implied consent test for blood. Deputy Holley transported Begosew to Gordon County Jail where she was charged with DUI – driving under the influence of multiple substances, failure to maintain lane, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer – misdemeanor no drivers license on person, obstruction/hindering of officer, and speeding (86 mph in 70 mph zone).