NWGA Scanner | September 13th, 2022

Tennessee man arrested for DUI after hydroplaning and crashing on I-75 in Catoosa County

According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On Sunday, September 4th, 2022, at 2:35 AM, while Deputy Kuzma was en route to a vehicle crash on I-75 southbound, he observed a 2021 grey Ford Explorer approaching him at a fast speed. According to the deputy, The weather was producing heavy rainfall and wind blowing, causing traffic to slow down. According to the report, “Deputy Kuzma then noticed that the driver of Ford Explorer had hydroplaned and lost control of his vehicle and spun out and hit the left guard rail.” While speaking with the driver, identified as Damien Kyle Chaney, 31, of Tennessee, the deputy could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. Deputy Kuzma asked Chaney if he had anything to drink tonight, and he stated “no”. Chaney kept telling Deputy Kuzma that he was scared that he was going to be in trouble. Deputy Kuzma told him that he shouldn’t be nervous if he didn’t do anything wrong. According to the report, Deputy Kuzma asked Chaney again if he had anything to drink because he could smell it off his breath. Chaney told Deputy Kuzma that he only had two glasses of wine. Chaney said he was coming from Cohutta, Georgia, from a birthday party.” Lt. Cunningham arrived and assisted with field sobriety tests, where Chaney showed a BAC of .120 on a PBT. Chaney was placed under arrest for DUI and refused the state testing of his blood. Lt. Cunningham located two open bottles of Vodka and Wine in the vehicle. Lt. Cunningham also found a cup with liquid inside of it with an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from it. Chaney was booked into the Catoosa County Jail and charged with DUI and open container violation.