NWGA Scanner | August 24th, 2022

Ringgold man with warrant for DUI in Walker County arrested for DUI in Catoosa County

According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On August 7th, 2022, at 3:11 AM, Lt. Cunningham was sitting stationary on Lafayette Road at Midway Avenue when he observed a red Chevrolet Silverado traveling south at a high rate of speed. According to the report, “Lt. Cunningham observed the vehicle was traveling in the left lane and failed to maintain its lane by crossing into the right lane. Lt. Cunningham pulled out behind the vehicle. The driver (Jason Trent Beaty, 22, of Ringgold) got to the red light on Lafayette Road and Battlefield Parkway. When the light turned green, Beaty applied the brakes and revved the engine up, causing the tires to spin, and the rear end of the truck lost traction going side to side.” Lt. Cunningham then initiated a traffic stop and made contact with Beaty. Beaty stated he was the designated driver and everyone in the vehicle was drunk. Lt. Cunningham detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle while speaking with Beaty. Beaty was observed to have bloodshot and watery eyes. According to the report, Beaty was asked if he had consumed any alcoholic beverages, and he stated he only had two. During standardized field sobriety testing, Beaty showed several signs of impairment and, at one point, almost fell over. Lt. Cunningham stopped the test for the safety of Beaty. Beaty was placed under arrest for DUI and refused the state test. Beaty was booked into the Catoosa County jail, charged with driving too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane, intentional operation of motor vehicles to create a danger to persons or property; “laying drags”, and DUI – driving under the influence of alcohol. According to Walker County Arrests records, Beaty was booked into the jail the next day, August 8th, 2022, on warrants for DUI, too fast for conditions, seatbelt violation, and failure to maintain a single lane. According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On June 4th, 2022, at 6:00 AM, Beaty, who “had had been partying all night long at Riverbend in Chattanooga and was extremely intoxicated,” according to a friend, was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash. According to the report, “Beaty was ejected from the 2008 Ford F-250 as it began to overturn approximately 140 feet into a utility pole. He sustained serious head trauma as a result of the crash. Many open containers and several unopened containers of alcohol were found all over the yard of the property owner’s home. As the vehicle overturned, it destroyed a mailbox, small tree, and chain link fence and left heavy gouges in the yard. Tire marks on the grass shoulder measured approximately 220 feet. Yaw marks on the roadway measured approximately 151 feet. The area from where the vehicle began to overturn on the shoulder to final rest measured approximately 153 feet.” On August 10th, 2022, warrants were taken through Walker County by Trooper Walthour and signed by a Walker County Judge.