NWGA Scanner | February 25th, 2021
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on February 12th, 2021, at around 1:26 AM, Officer Bethune was stationary in the area of 933 Market Street looking for DUI drivers and watching vehicles leaving the parking lot of the Oyster Pub. The officer observed a black 2013 Nissan Sentra leaving the parking lot. When the vehicle approached Market Street, it did not stop or slow down to make the turn and continued straight into the roadway before suddenly stopping quickly after it had already entered the roadway. The vehicle turned sharply onto Market Street to travel northbound but crossed into the southbound lane of travel while doing so. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, later identified as Daisy Rangel, 30, of Chatsworth. Officer Bethune reported, “[I] immediately noticed that Daisy’s eyes were red and glassy. When Daisy spoke to me, [I] noticed that her speech was noticeably slow and slurred. [I] was unable to detect an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle due to daisy having a newly lit cigarette in her hand. From my training and experience, [I] know that it is common for someone to light a cigarette as they are being pulled over to conceal the odor of drugs and/or alcohol.” When asked, Daisy stated that she had only had one drink. When Daisy exited the vehicle, the officer noticed that she was uneasy on her feet and appeared to drag her feet as she walked. When asked again, Daisy stated that she had only one “Long island” drink. Officer Bethune reported, “Once Daisy was out of the vehicle and no longer had a cigarette, [I] could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Daisy’s person/mouth area.” Daisy showed several clues of impairment during field sobriety testing and registered positive for alcohol on the field Alco-Sensor with a reading of 0.159 BrAC. Daisy was placed under arrest for DUI. Daisy agreed to take the state-administered chemical test of her breath. Daisy’s passenger, later identified as Karolin Argueta, was also intoxicated. Daisy registered a 0.147 BrAC at the Whitfield County Jail. Daisy was charged with DUI alcohol 0.08 g or more and failure to maintain lane.