According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On April 8th, 2023 at11:09 PM, Lt. Cantrell was sitting stationary in the area of Smitherman Road and General Lee Street when he observed a 2001 Mazda vehicle pull up to the stop sign and fail to come to a complete stop and rolled through the stop sign. Lt. Cantrell followed the vehicle westbound on Battlefield Parkway. According to the report, “Lt Cantrell observed the vehicle failing to maintain lane then complete an improper lane change by moving to the slow lane quickly and abruptly without signaling. Lt. Cantrell then changed lanes behind the vehicle, and the vehicle then quickly changed lanes again by switching back to the fast lane. Lt. Cantrell then conducted a traffic stop using his emergency equipment on his agency-issued marked patrol unit. The vehicle then quickly switched lanes back to the slow lane and then came to a stop in the middle of the road and then pulled over to the turning lane at Three Notch Road.” Lt. Cantrell made contact with the driver, Michael William Pastuch, 50, of Ringgold, who was smoking a cigarette and blowing the smoke in the area of Lt. Cantrell as if to cover up a smell. Lt. Cantrell was still able to smell the strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. Lt. Cantrell also observed Michael’s eyes to be bloodshot and watery. Michael then refused field sobriety testing. Lt. Cantrell asked Michael how much he had to drink before driving, and he advised he only had one drink. Michael was then placed under arrest for DUI and refused the state test. Michael was booked into the Catoosa County jail, charged with failing to maintain a single lane and DUI.
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