NWGA Scanner | April 17th, 2022
According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On April 1st, 2022, at 10:13 AM, Deputy Hooton observed a 2004 Saturn Vue traveling north on Highway 27 at Cloud Springs Road with the driver’s side brake light not working. Deputy Hooton conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver Michael Lee Peden, 44, of Chattanooga, Tenn.. As Deputy Hooton approached the vehicle, the offender rolled down the driver’s side window. According to the report, “As Deputy Hooton was speaking to Peden, he detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverages coming from the vehicle. When questioned about the odor, Peden advised he had consumed 3 or 4 beers.” Georgia State Patrol Trooper Walthour was nearby on Highway 27 and assisted with the standardized field sobriety tests. During Feld sobriety tests, Trooper Walthour observed several signs of impairment and refused to take the field Alco-Senor test when asked. Hooton refused the state test and was transported to the Catoosa County Jail, charged with DUI, open container violation, possession of schedule I, and brake light violation.