NWGA Scanner | February 15th, 2022

Chatsworth man arrested for DUI after driving reckless through bar parking lot in Dalton

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on this date, February 5th, 2022, Officer Hill was notified by Sgt. Lowery and other members of the Dalton Police Drug Unit that there was a red Dodge Ram driving very recklessly in the parking lot of the Oyster Pub located at 933 Market Street. Officer Hill reported, “They advised that the Ram was traveling through the parking lot at a very high speed of rate. They also advised that the vehicle had struck the curb and almost ran over four females standing in the parking lot. After turning onto Market Street from West Walnut Avenue, while traveling southbound, [I] observed a red Dodge Ram truck fitting the description traveling across Market Street from the Oyster Pub to the Holiday Inn Express located at 934 Market Street. The vehicle was traveling so quickly that two of the wheels left the ground for a short time. [I] quickly traveled to the parking lot of 934 Market Street to attempt to locate the vehicle. As [I] approached the backside (east side) of the building, [I] observed a white male walking away from the truck (same tag as listed above) toward one of the side doors.” Officer got out with the male, later identified as Daniel Wayne Fritts, 31, of Chatsworth, GA. When Fritts saw the officer, he quickly attempted to open the door to the hotel, but it was locked. Officer Hill reported, “[I] told Fritts to come over and talk to me. [I] immediately noticed that Fritts was staggering and had a hard time maintaining his balance. When Fritts started speaking, [I] noticed that his speech was slurred and slow. [I] also noticed that Fritts had red, bloodshot eyes. [I] detected the distinct and strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person. [I] began speaking to Fritts. He initially stated that he did not come from the truck but rather came from the other side of the building. When [I] explained to Fritts that [I] saw him walking away from the truck, and so did several other detectives, Fritts admitted to driving the truck. He also admitted to drinking alcoholic beverages and that he knew that he could not be driving while drinking. Fritts could not recall how many alcoholic beverages he had to drink. Fritts stated he drove over to the hotel to get a room so that he did not have to drive.” During field sobriety tests, Fritts showed several signs of impairment and tested positive for alcohol with a BrAC of 0.186 grams. Fritts then refused the state-administered chemical tests of his breath. While en route to the Whitfield County Jail, Fritts became very aggressive and uncooperative. Firtts was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with DUI alcohol less safe, and reckless driving.