NWGA Scanner | July 11th, 2022

Ranger man arrested for DUI after driving distracted and failing to maintain lane in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On June 25th, 2022, at 1:41 AM, Deputy Corona was driving south on the South Bypass passing Airport Road when he noticed a vehicle swerving within its lane as well as speeding up and slowing down. After Deputy Corona observed the vehicle slightly steer off the left lane into the right lane, he conducted a traffic stop. The deputy then made contact with the driver as, Zeshan Hussain Sheikh, 33, of Ranger, GA. According to the report, When Deputy Corona could immediately smell the strong odor of alcohol coming from Sheikh. When asked why he was swerving within his lane, he stated that he was on his phone watching a video. According to the report, “Deputy Corona asked Mr. Sheikh if he had anything to drink, which he stated to Deputy Corona he had not. Deputy Corona could still smell the odor of alcohol coming from Mr. Sheikh, more so from his breath. Deputy Corona began to build a rapport with Mr. Sheikh in what kind of video he was watching. Upon the discussion, Deputy Corona asked Mr. Sheikh if he had anything to drink? Mr. Sheikh did finally admit to having only had two beers four hours ago at the Outback. Deputy Corona then asked Mr. Sheikh if he would like to do some field sobriety testing, to which he stated, “I just wanna go home” “what’s the best way to handle this”. Deputy Corona was asking Mr. Sheikh for an answer, and it was clear to Deputy Corona that Mr. Sheikh did not want to give an answer.” After the field sobriety testing, it was clear to all deputies that Sheikh was, in fact, DUI. Sheikh was placed under arrest for DUI and refused the state test, stating to the deputy, “suspend my license”. Sheikh was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with DUI, failure to maintain a single lane, and distracted driving. Deputy Corona also filled out the Administrative License Suspension and Implied Consent form.