NWGA Scanner | October 9th, 2022

Calhoun man arrested for DUI after 911 call from concerned citizen regarding reckless driver in Dalton

According to a Dalton Police Department incident, on September 25th, 2022, at 3:15 AM, Officer Shope was advised of a BOLO for a white Chevrolet SUV that was driving recklessly in the area of South Tibbs Road and West Walnut Avenue. Officer Shope was able to catch up to the vehicle and witnessed it driving all over the roadway. Officer Shope initiated a stop at Emery Street and South Thornton Avenue. Officer Shope reported, “When [I] made contact with the driver, Franco Raul Herrera-Camacho, 26, of Calhoun, [I] could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. [I] also noticed that his eyes were extremely red and glassy. [I] explained to him why he had been stopped and asked him if there was any reason for his actions. When he responded, [I] noticed that his speech was slurred. [I] then asked him how much he had been drinking. He answered that he had only consumed approximately one beer. [I] then asked him to step out of his vehicle and to the rear of the vehicle. When he did so, [I] observed that he was very uneasy on his feet. He appeared to have trouble maintaining his balance. When he reached the rear of his vehicle, [I] again detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person/mouth area.” During field sobriety testing, Franco showed several signs of impairment and a BAC of .212 on a PBT. Franco was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state test. Franco was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of .229 on the state test. Franco was charged with DUI – 0.08 grams or more and failure to maintain lane.