NWGA Scanner | May 27th, 2022

Unlicensed driver arrested for DUI after driving drunk all over I-75 with no headlights on in Catoosa County

According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On May 21st, 2022, at 10:40 PM, while Corporal Cantrell was working traffic enforcement with Deputy Gant on Interstate 75 southbound, they observed a 2010 Kia Soul in the area of the welcome center driving without headlights and failing to maintain lane multiple times. Deputy Gant initiated a traffic stop, and the driver slowed to approximately 30 miles per hour in the center lane of travel on Interstate 75 for several hundred feet before pulling to the shoulder on the right-hand side of the interstate. The driver informed Deputy Gant that the vehicle was new to him and he did not know how to turn the lights on. According to the report, “Corporal Cantrell arrived o the scene to assist and observed the driver identified as Federico Tomas Ramirez, 41, messing with his phone, and he appeared to have trouble with his fine motor skills. Ramirez was trying to look up a number but had extreme trouble doing so. During the encounter, Ramirez dropped his wallet multiple times and did not realize it. Ramirez was also swaying back and forth and appeared to have a hard time maintaining his balance. Corporal Cantrell then spoke with Ramirez, and he stated he did not speak English. Corporal Cantrell could smell a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from Ramirez’s breath, and his eyes were bloodshot and watery.” Deputy Gant asked Ramirez if he had a driver’s license, and Ramirez admitted that he did not have a driver’s license but provided a foreign identification card. Ramirez stated that he had only “two beers” prior to driving. Ramirez then showed a BAC of .118 on a PBT. Ramirez was then placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state for blood. Ramirez was then transported to the Catoosa County Jail, charged with driving while unlicensed, no headlights when required, failure to maintain lane, and DUI.