NWGA Scanner | October 15th, 2021
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on Sunday, October 9th, 2021, at around 12:30 am, Officer Morang was traveling south on Cleveland Highway after leaving a call at Autumn Ct Apartment. According to the report, As the officer approached Cleveland Highway and the North Dalton Bypass, he observed a red Ford Escape change lanes in front of the officer with signaling. Officer Morang reported, “[I] then saw as this vehicle continued to travel left, traveling towards the concrete median on Glenwood Ave. At this time, [I] realized that this lane change may not have been intentional. Just before this, the vehicle collided with the median, and the driver steered the vehicle back to the right, almost colliding with a vehicle in the outside lane.” At this time, the officer stopped the vehicle that did not immediately pull over. According to the report, the officer noticed the driver, later identified as Amalia Maria Morris, 24, of Chatsworth, taking a drink from a large styrofoam cup and then placing it back into the cupholder. Officer Morang reported, “When [I] reached the vehicle, [I] could smell the strong and distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver. I introduced myself to the driver and explained that the reason [I] was stopping her is because she almost crashed in front of me when she failed to maintain her lane. [I] asked the driver what was going on tonight as she was looking in her wallet. Amalia responded, but her speech was so slurred that [I] could not understand what she said. Amalia then handed me her debit card.” Officer reported that Amalia appeared to be very intoxicated tonight, and she said, “No. I’m sorry about that.” According to the report, Amalia had trouble getting out of the vehicle as she seemed to be struggling to realize that her vehicle was already in park. When asked, Amalia stated that she only had two bud lights. During field sobriety testing, Amalia showed several signs of impairment. Amalia was then transported to the Whitfield County Jail. Amalia tested positive for alcohol with a BrAC of 0.200 grams. Amalia was charged with DUI 0.08 grams or more and failure to maintain to lane.