NWGA Scanner | June 23rd, 2022

Unlicensed driver arrested for DUI after driving on the wrong side of the roadway in Catoosa County

According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On June 18th, 2022, at 9:12 PM, Corporal Cantrell was traveling southbound on Ooltewah Ringgold Road when he observed a black 2013 Dodge Ram traveling northbound, failing to maintain the lane in front of him. The truck came completely over into the southbound lane and then immediately went back into the northbound lane. Corporal Cantrell turned around and initiated a traffic stop. The driver, later identified as Jose Ambrocio, 37, quickly attempted to exit the vehicle and was unsteady on his feet. Jose attempted to walk away from the truck and was then given verbal directives to stop, with which he complied. Jose then stated he believed he was speeding and stated he had been drinking beer today. According to the report, “Corporal Cantrell then asked Jose if he even had a valid license, which he stated he did not, but he wished he did. He was then asked how much alcohol he had consumed this date, and he stated he thought he had drunk around nine beers but maybe more. The driver then went on to say that he was drunk, but he had to leave the rodeo because his wife was dancing with another man. Corporal Cantrell could smell a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from Jose’s breath and person. He also observed Jose’s eyes to be bloodshot and watery. Jose’s speech was slurred, and he continued to tell Corporal Cantrell that he was drunk.” When asked if he would do some field sobriety testing, Jose again stated that he was drunk and the tests were not needed because he would most definitely fail. Jose then showed a BAC of .151 on a PBT. Jose was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state test. Jose had a Tennessee ID card which showed suspended for previous DUI arrests. Jose was transported to the Catoosa County Jail, where he showed a BAC of .160 on the state test. According to the report, “It should be noted that during the inventory, Jobe had an open container of Modelo beer within his immediate reach in the cup holder as well as multiple empty and full beer cans. The Catoosa County 911 Center also advised Corporal Cantrell that the tag on the vehicle did not return to that vehicle. When Jose was asked about the tag, he stated that he had just put it on there. Jose was booked into the Catoosa County Jail, charged with DUI, driving on suspended, registration violation, failure to maintain a single lane, and open container violation.