NWGA Scanner | May 24th, 2022

Tennessee man arrested after driving reckless at speeds over 100 mph on I-75 in Whitfield County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On May 10th, 2022, at approximately 10:35 AM, Trooper E. Shackleford was sitting stationary on I-75 northbound near mile marker 335 when she observed a black GMC Truck traveling recklessly at a high rate of speed. Trooper Shackleford reported, “[I] used my state-issued Stalker Lidar to detect the speed of the oncoming vehicle. The laser displayed a speed of 101 miles per hour. The posted speed limit was 70 miles per hour. [I] activated my blue lights and siren, initiating a traffic stop. The vehicle yielded to my emergency equipment, pulling onto the left shoulder.” The driver was identified as Dennis Burns Jr., 26, of Soddy Daisy, TN. The trooper asked Burns if there was a reason for him to be traveling at such a high speed in traffic. Mr. Burns advised that he was traveling at a speed of 80 miles per hour. She informed Mr. Burns that he was driving at 101 miles per hour, and that was not up for debate. Trooper Shackleford reported, “[I] asked Mr. Burns again if there was a reason for his speed. Mr. Burns advised he was not paying attention. [I] informed Mr. Burns that he was under arrest for reckless driving.” While filling out the vehicle inventory, the trooper observed that the vehicle’s front windows appeared to be very darker than the legal limit. She checked the window tint with the Laser Labs Inspector II which displayed a tint of 22 percent. The legal tint limit for the state of Georgia is 32 percent. Burns was transported to Whitfield County Jail, charged with window tint, speeding, and reckless driving.