NWGA Scanner | February 26th, 2021
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on February 14, 2021, at around 3:27 AM, Officer Bethune was stationary in the area of West Walnut Avenue and Walnut Place, watching traffic. Officer Avila, who was conducting a traffic stop on South Thornton Avenue, advised Officer Bethune that there was a black 2015 Nissan Altima turning onto Walnut with no headlights on. The officer spotted the Nissan Altima without any headlights activated. The officer conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, later identified as Adrian Washington, 24, of Cedartown. Officer Bethune reported, “[I] immediately detected a strong odor of cologne coming from inside the vehicle. From my training and experience, [I] know that it is common for someone to spray copious amounts of cologne, air freshener, or perfume in order to cover up the odor of alcohol or drugs.” While speaking with the driver, the officer noticed that his speech was slow and slurred, and his eyes appeared glassy. The officer asked Adrian where he was coming from, at which he stated that he was coming from “The Pub.” When asked how much he had to drink, Adrian replied, “Not much.” Officer O’Neal arrived on the scene to assist with the DUI traffic stop. When Adrian stepped out, and to the rear of his vehicle, the officer could now detect a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person/mouth area. Adrain showed several clues of impairment during field sobriety testing and registered positive for alcohol with a reading of 0.154 BrAC. Adrain was then placed under arrest for DUI driving under the influence. Adrian advised the officer several times that if he just had a bottle of water to drink, he would be fine. Adrian agreed to take the state-administered chemical test of his breath and registered a 0.152 BrAC. Adrian was booked into the Whitfield County charged with DUI alcohol 0.08 g or more and no headlights.