NWGA Scanner | June 8th, 2022

Tennessee man arrested again for DUI after 911 call concerned citizen in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On May 24th, 2022, 11:17 PM, Lt. Gibson responded to the area of Lafayette Road and North Boyd Road in reference to a suspicious vehicle being stopped in the middle of the road with its headlights off. Deputy Caraway spotted the vehicle and stopped it. Deputy Caraway then made contact with the driver, later identified as Andre Hochlenert, 41, Ooltewah, TN. According to the report, “Andre stated that he was exhibiting poor driving due to his vehicle stalling out. Andre explained this was due to the weather. Deputy Caraway then asked for confirmation on this, and Andre seemed to backtrack with no further explanation. Deputy Caraway then asked Andre where he was coming from, and Andre advised Chattanooga. He then stated he was going home to Chattanooga. Deputy Caraway pointed out that Andre was in Rocky Face and the direction Andre was heading, which was South toward Villanow.” Deputy Caraway reported, “That due to the driving manifestations that he observed, Andre’s demeanor, and Andre’s answers, Deputy Caraway began indicating that he felt that Andre may be impaired.” Andre was observed to have bloodshot and watery eyes. When Andre spoke, deputies observed that his speech was rapid, quick, and short answers, his responses were choppy, and his speech was slurred at times. He then said something that was slurred and mumbled. When Lt. Gibson asked him to repeat it, he said, “No I haven’t been drinking, I’ve just got a sore throat.” Lt. Gibson asked Andre if he would take PBT and informed him that the device checked for breath alcohol. Andre said, “Yeah. I haven’t been drinking.” After attempting to inhale instead of exhale, Andre did give a sample of breath, and it registered .000. During field sobriety tests, Andre showed several signs of drug impairment. According to the report, “Lt. Gibson then asked if Andre vaped, and he stated he did. Andre indicated that his vape did have a high concentration of THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol. Through further questioning, Andre stated that he had been vaping while driving.” Andre was then placed under arrest for DUI and stated that he had already had two previous DUI’s. Andre stated he would submit to the stated administered chemical test of his blood and urine. During a search of the vehicle incident to arrest, Lt. Gibson did discover a prescription bottle. Andre was then transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with failure to maintain lane and DUI / Drugs / Less Safe.