NWGA Scanner | October 11th, 2022

Ringgold man obstructs officers during DUI arrest after driving reckless on I-75 in Catoosa County

According to a Ringgold Police Department incident report, On September 22nd, 2022, at 12:14 AM, Officer Green stopped a 2014 Ford Taurus n I-75 at mile marker 347 after observing the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and passing other vehicles. Officer Green confirmed the speed at 99 mph using his city-issued laser speed detection device. Officer Green made contact with the driver, identified as Randall Leon Cantrell Jr., 38, of Ringgold, and observed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from within the vehicle along with Randall having glassy eyes and slurred speech as he spoke. Officer Green reported, “Randall appeared to have altered motor skills as he was slowly moving his hands to get his information together and at one point dropped his license as he fumbled to hand it to me. [I] then asked Randall where he was coming from, and he said that he had been playing league pool at a pool hall tonight. [I] asked if he had consumed alcohol, and Randall said that he did have a few to drink.” Randall would later advise around five drinks. When asked to step out of the vehicle, Randall immediately stated he could not do field sobriety due to injuries sustained during military service. During the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test on Randal, he showed several signs of alcohol impairment. Officer Green reported, “Given that there were 4 out of 6 observable dues during the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus testing and the physical manifestations of impairment (slurred speech, glassy eyes, unsteadiness while walking and almost falling), Randall was determined to be DUI. Randall refused a preliminary breath test. Officer Green also reported that Randall seemed very agitated throughout the traffic stop. Officer Green reported, “[I] then told Randall to place his hands behind his back and that he was under arrest. Randall then stepped away from me and put his hand behind his back, and said you are not going to be placing me under arrest. [I] told Randall that [I] was placing him under arrest and took him by his right arm and grabbed his left arm while turning him around toward his vehicle. Randall then began pulling away from my grip on his arms, turning to my left and began tensing up, attempting to pull his arms upward. [I] then pushed Randall against his car (to stabilize him against a surface to gain positive physical control of him) and told Randall to relax and stop resisting. Randall then began yelling at Sgt. Goresh (who had to assist in holding Randall’s right arm) and [I] while [I] handcuffed him behind his back, double locked and checking for proper fit.” Randall then began screaming and yelling more that he shouldn’t be treated this way because he is a veteran and officers should’ve just let him go and followed him home. Randall said he deserved special treatment and that he should be thanked for his service. Officer Green reported, [I] told Randall repeatedly that [I] thank him for his service, but it was not possible to follow him home.” Randall refused the state test and was transported to the Catoosa County Jail. Officer located in the cup holder a Coors beer with a small amount of alcoholic beverage in the bottom of the can. The can was cold to the touch and had a slight bit of condensation on the bottom where the alcoholic beverage had settled in the can. Officer Green reported, “In accordance with State law, due to Randall refusing state testing, his driver’s license was taken, and he was served with a temporary driving permit and an ALS form.” Randall was charged with reckless driving, speeding, open container violation, obstruction, and DUI.