NWGA Scanner | August 26th, 2021
According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Saturday, August 21st 2021, at around 10:49 PM, Deputy Kuzma was sitting stationary at the four-way stop at Burning Bush Road and Dietz Road when he saw a vehicle at a high rate of speed run through the stop sign at Burning Bush Road and continued on Dietz Road. According to the report, “Deputy Kuzma activated his emergency equipment and stopped the offender behind the Wendy’s at Dietz and Battlefield Parkway.” The deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Brandy Yvonne Brown, 44, of Tennessee. According to the report, the deputy could smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage and an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Deputy Kuzma also saw a Twisted ice Tea can in the cup holder next to the Brown. According to the report, “Deputy Kuzma had Brown and her passenger step out of the vehicle so Deputy Chermie could search the car due to having probable cause to an odor of marijuana inside the vehicle. Deputy Kuzma went back to his vehicle to run the driver through GCIC. While searching the vehicle, Deputy Cheramie found two large plastic bags with marijuana inside of them. Deputy Kuzma asked Brown if she would perform field sobriety tests to make sure she was ok to drive. At first, Brown agreed to the test, but when Brown saw that Deputy Chermie found the two plastic bags inside the vehicle, she refused field sobriety.” Brown told Deputy Kuzma that she was already going to jail and to go ahead and put the cuffs on. Brown was placed under arrest for DUI and refused implied consent. Brown was transported to the Catoosa County Jail charged with DUI driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to stop at a stop sign, and purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution, or sale of marijuana.