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Luis Zavala Mendoza

An Acworth man is charged with driving drunk, flashing blue and white lights and nearly crashing into someone who thought police were pulling her over, according to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.

Luis Zavala Mendoza, 33, of Acworth, was booked in the Cherokee County jail early Sunday on charges of DUI, impersonating an officer, unauthorized blue lights on a vehicle, driving without a license, reckless driving and open container, according to booking records. He was released Tuesday on a $8,083.50 bond.

Between 12:23 and 2:47 a.m. Sunday, Mendoza tailgated and “intentionally accelerated” toward a Mercedes Benz C, while flashing blue and white lights installed in the grill of his Ford F150 on Bells Ferry Road and Robin Road near Acworth, according to his arrest warrant. He was seen “accelerating toward the Mercedes Benz and slamming his brakes before colliding into the vehicle multiple times,” per the warrant.

Because of the blue lights, the woman driving the Mercedes pulled over, thinking it was a police officer, deputies said. Mendoza reportedly told police he had had two beers, had an open beer in the car and showed signs of intoxication in field evaluations.

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Shannon Ballew is the managing editor at the Cherokee Tribune and the Cherokee Ledger-News. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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