NWGA Scanner | April 12th, 2022
According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, “On April 2nd, 2022, at approximately 8:00 PM, a concerned citizen called 911 to the Catoosa County communications center advising of a black 2017 Mercedes Benz traveling on the wrong side of the road and failing to maintain their lane northbound on Highway 41. According to the report, “Deputy Carmichael was sitting stationary across from the Circle K near Armstrong Road when he observed the black Mercedes pass by in the second lane. Deputy Carmichael pulled out to get behind the Mercedes to establish the vehicles driving behavior. While traveling northbound on 41, Deputy Carmichael observed the vehicle travel from the second lane to the on-ramp to I-75 SB. As Deputy Carmichael followed behind, the vehicle made an improper lane change from the on-ramp crossing two lanes of travel back to the second lane on Highway 41 North.” Based on the terrible driving displayed by the driver, the deputy initiated a traffic stop on top of exit 345 bridge. According to the report, The driver traveled north until reaching the Exxon gas station across from Bandy Lane, where the driver turned into and came to a stop. According to the report, “Deputy Carmichael made his approach to the driver’s side window. Upon reaching the window and addressing the driver, Deputy Carmichael could detect the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle.” The driver, identified as Edrius Jamel Putman, 36, of Tennessee, was confrontational with the stop. According to the report, After a few minutes, the deputy was finally able to obtain his license, which returned through NCIC as suspended out of Tennessee for DUI. According to the report, “Deputy Carmichael had the driver exit his vehicle. While attempting to speak with the driver, he was uncooperative and stated he was only stopped because he was a black male in a black car. While attempting to speak with the driver, he refused to comply. Speaking with the driver, Deputy Carmichael could detect the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on the driver’s breath, and Deputy Carmichael also observed the driver’s eyes to be glossy and slightly red consistent with being under the influence of alcohol.” According to the report, The deputy observed an open beer can in front of the driver’s seat cup holder with liquid inside. The deputy also observed there to be liquid in the cup holder, which smelled like an alcoholic beverage. With the assistance of Deputy Penson and K9 Freya, marijuana was located in the trunk compartment. According to the report, “Deputy Carmichael returned to the driver and read him Georgia Implied Consent to which he refused the state-administered tests. At this point, the Putman also refused to speak without a lawyer.” Putman was transported to the Catoosa County Jail, charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane, and open container violation. According to the report, As with all arrest, the entire incident was captured on Deputy Carmichael’s body-worn camera. According to the arrest records, Putman has previous DUI arrests in Hamilton County, TN.