NWGA Scanner | February 25th, 2021
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on February 12th, 2021, at around 11:14 PM, Officer Bethune was stationary in the area of 933 Market Street (Oyster Pub), waiting to catch more DUI drivers as they left. The officer observed a white 2007 ford F-150 leaving the parking lot and make a wide enough turn that the two left tires of the vehicle crossed into the southbound lane of travel. The F-150 made another wide turn, and the officer conducted traffic. The officer made contact with the driver, later identified as David Millsap, 46, of Chatsworth. The officer reported he could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. Officer Bethune reported, “[I] then asked David where he was coming from, at which David advised me that he was coming from “The Oyster.” The Oyster is a bar at 933 Market St. While speaking with David, [I] noticed that his eyes were red and glassy and his speech was slow and slurred.” When asked, David advised that he had a couple of beers. David was reported as uneasy on his feet. David advised the officer that he had two “Mugs” of beer. David showed several clues of impairment during field sobriety and showed positive for alcohol on the field Alco-Sensor with a reading of 0.341 BrAC.Officer Bethune determined that David had been operating a motor vehicle while impaired and was placed under arrest for DUI. Officer Bethune observed an open bottle of “Canadian whiskey 40% alcohol 80 proof) alcoholic beverage sitting in the passenger’s seat. The bottle of alcohol was approximately half empty. David was read Georgia Implied Consent and refused to take the state-administered chemical test of his breath. David was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with DUI- less safe, open container, and failure to maintain lane.