NWGA Scanner | November 16th, 2022
According to a Walker County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On October 29th, 2022, at 7:49 PM, K-9 Deputy Small was stationary at the intersection of Mission Ridge Road and McFarland Avenue with Deputy Durham when they checked two motorcycles at speeds of 78 mph and 76 mph in a 45 mph zone. Both deputies then observed both motorcycles pass the vehicles in front of them in a curve and in a no-passing zone just prior to Highway 2. The motorcyclist on the 2005 Harley Davidson on the right, later identified as Joshua Stephen White, 40, of Chattanooga, TN, ran the red light turning westbound onto Highway 2 with the other motorcyclist following. Deputies were eventually able to get both motorcyclists stopped. Deputy Small reported, “When speaking with Mr. White, [I] could smell the strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. His eyes were glossy, and he did have some slurred speech while speaking with me. [I] advised him the reason he was stopped, and before [I] could finish, he said he knew that he ran the red light on Highway 2, was for speeding on Mission Ridge, passing in a no-passing zone, and running the red light. [I] then asked Mr. White if he had consumed any alcoholic beverages on this date. Mr. White said he had drank a few beers, Miller Lite, prior to driving. During field sobriety testing, White showed several signs of impairment and was placed under arrest for DUI. White then agreed to the state testing of his blood. White was transported to the Walker County Jail, where he was charged with DUI, speeding, and passing in a no-passing zone.