According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On January 1st, 2023, at 11:29 AM, Corporal Cochran was patrolling SR-3 (Chattanooga Road) just north of the Georgia State Patrol Post 5 when he observed a 2106 Chrysler 200 speeding at 101 MPH. Trooper Cochran reported, “[I] activated my emergency lights and siren to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. [I] caught up to the vehicle as it approached the Georgia State Patrol Post 5, with the driver bringing the vehicle to a stop in the southbound right lane of SR 3. As [I] approached the vehicle, the driver (identified as Ethan Michael Kinzel, 19, of Dalton) opened his door and stated, “I’m trying to get to the gas station, I’m so sorry.” With trying to get to a gas station as his reason for traveling at 101 miles per hour with no regard for his own safety, or other motorist on the roadway, the driver was placed under arrest for reckless driving.” Kinzel was taken into custody with the assistance of Trooper Dustin Clark. While completing the needed paperwork, troopers asked Kinzel if he still lived at the address shown on his driver’s license. He stated that he had been moved from that address for about two (2) years and provided his new address. Troopers also noticed the window tint on the vehicle appeared to be darker than the 32% allowed by law. Trooper Cochran checked the driver’s side window with my department-issued window tint meter and found that it was at 3%. Kinzel was transported to the Whitfield County Jail and charged with reckless driving, speeding, window tint violation, and failure to change address within 60 days.
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