NWGA Scanner | June 21st, 2021

Tennessee man arrested for DUI after multiple 911 calls regarding erratic driver in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on June 16th, 2021, at approximately 5:45 AM, a BOLO was given out from dispatch about a vehicle that was traveling north on I-75 around the 320-mile marker. According to the report, “The caller stated that the vehicle was swerving all over the roadway and almost causing a wreck with other vehicles. The caller also stated that sparks were coming from under the vehicle and that he noticed damage on the passenger side and believed the airbags had been deployed from the vehicle hitting something already”. An additional caller and concerned motorist called in and stated the same information. According to the report, “Both callers later spoke with Deputy Southern via phone call and stated that they thought someone could have been killed because of how the vehicle was being driven.” One of the callers was able to give a Tennessee Tag, which returned to a gray Mazda MZ6. According to the report, “Deputy Southern got on I-75 at the 328-mile marker and observed a vehicle that matched the description and had the same Tennessee Tag as the caller stated, driving in the middle lane traveling approximately 50 miles per hour and drifting into the left lane, almost striking another vehicle. Deputy Southern initiated a traffic stop at the 329-mile marker. Upon the approach of the vehicle, Deputy Southern observed the passenger side airbags deployed and scrapes and dents along the length of the passenger side. Deputy Southern asked the driver to step to the rear of the vehicle.” The driver was identified as Christopher Alexander Zack, 24, of Signal Mountain, TN. Zack started to the deputy that he may have hit a pothole while driving back from Atlanta. According to the report, “Deputy Southern noticed Mr. Zack’s pupils to be dilated and his speech to be slurred. Deputy Southern also smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Mr. Zack as he spoke to him.” Zach showed several clues of impairment during field sobriety testing and was placed under arrest for DUI. Zack refused the state blood test but stated he would take the breath test. While searching the vehicle, the deputy located several different pills, including alprazolam. According to the report, “Zack stated he didn’t know what the pills are and that a lot of people drive his car. He said the pills were not his and that he had not taken any of them.” Zack was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he registered a BAC of .046. According to the report, “The alcohol level alone should not have caused the impairment that was seen by Deputy Southern and the witnesses.” Zack was charged with failure to maintain lane, DUI alcohol and drugs, drugs to be kept in original container, and possession of schedule IV.