According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On Wednesday, December 28th, 2022, Deputy Kuzma was sitting running stationary radar when he observed a 2003 ford Ranger pass traveling southbound on Graysville Road at 50 mph in a 35 mph zone. According to the report, “Before Deputy Kuzma started to pull out from where he was, he saw the Ford go off the roadway and went off the shoulder.” Deputy Kuzma got behind the Ford and activated his emergency equipment, and the driver, identified as Eric P Barrow, 55, of Chattanooga, TN, turned onto Wooten Road. While Deputy Kuzma was asking for his driver’s license, he could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle and saw that Barrow’s eyes were glassy. Deputy Kuzma asked Barrow where he was going, and he said to help a friend. Deputy Kuzma then asked Barrow how much he had to drink tonight, and he stated just one beer and also stated that he was just fine to be driving.” During Field Sobriety Tests, Barrow showed several signs of impairment and a BAC of .113 on a PBT. During a search of the vehicle, deputies located two open small Tito’s Vodka bottles. Barrow was placed under arrest for DUI and refused the state test. According to the report, “While Deputy Kuzma was booking Barrow in, Barrow was talking to a jailer and stated that he only had one beer and two shots of Vodka, which was found inside of his car in the center console. Barrow also said that he did not mean to get too intoxicated and thought that he was fine to drive. Barrow was booked into the Catoosa County Jail and charged with speeding, DUI, and open container.
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