NWGA Scanner | February 19th, 2021
According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on February 15th, 2021, at around 12:12 PM, Sergeant Phillips was traveling southbound on I-75 in the right lane. The deputy witnessed a black in color SUV traveling at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic. The black SUV then traveled from the far right lane to the far left lane just before passing the deputy. The deputy then had to travel well over 95 mph to catch up to the vehicle. The deputy conducted a traffic stop at mile marker 314 southbound. When the deputy approached the vehicle from the passenger side of the vehicle, he could smell a strong alcoholic beverage odor coming from the vehicle. The driver, Jonathan Kotsch, 37, of Murfreesboro, TN, stated he spilled some alcohol in the car. While outside the vehicle, the deputy could still smell an alcoholic beverage odor coming from Kotsch. When asked about drinking, the driver stated that he had one—the deputy located two open containers of Ranger Voodoo in the vehicle. Kotsch showed several clues of impairment during field sobriety testing and tested positive for alcohol on an intoxilizier. Kotsch was read implied consent and stated that he would not consent to the test. Kotsch was transported to the Gordon County Jail charged with open container of alcohol and DUI.