NWGA Scanner | June 22nd, 2022

Unlicensed driver arrested for DUI after driving at 109 mph on I-75 in Catoosa County

According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On June 18th, 2022, at 2:18 AM, Corporal Cantrell was sitting stationary on Interstate 75 northbound in the area of the 345-mile marker when he observed a white 2016 Chevrolet Silverado truck traveling at a high rate of speed in the fast lane. According to the report, “Corporal Cantrell checked the vehicle speed using his agency-issued ProLaser. It showed the vehicle traveling 109 mph in a 70 mph.” Corporal Cantrell conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Edward Esgardo Lopez-Esgardo, 3. Deputy Cantrell reported he could immediately smell a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from inside the vehicle. Edward advised he did not speak any English. Deputy Lopez arrived on the scene to help translate. Edward advised Deputy Lopez he didn’t have driver’s license and presented a Florida ID card that had expired in 2020. After advising he had nothing to drink before driving, he was advised that deputies could smell alcohol coming from his breath and person, and he advised he only had “one beer” During field sobriety, Edward showed several signs of alcohol impairment and showed a BAC of .101 on a PBT. Edward was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state testing of his blood. Edward was booked into the Catoosa County Jail, charged with DUI, speeding, and driving without a valid license.