NWGA Scanner | October 30th, 2022
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On October 9th, 2022, at 12:47 AM, Deputy Sharpe had just finished a traffic stop on I-75 northbound at mile marker 339. According to the report, “As Deputy Sharpe looked in his mirror to make sure it was clear to go, he noticed a vehicle with the driver-side headlight out traveling northbound in the center lane. Deputy Sharpe pulled into the left lane and went up to 50 MPH to allow the vehicle with the headlight to pass him. The vehicle slowed down and went into the fast lane. Deputy Sharpe got behind the vehicle. The vehicle was a blue Chevrolet Spark with a Tennessee tag. Deputy Sharpe also noticed that the passenger-side taillight was busted.” Deputy Sharpe conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver Moises Moreno, 39, of Chattanooga, TN, and front seat passenger Laith Dobbs, 27, of Red Bank, TN. Deputy Sharpe could smell the strong odor of marijuana omitted from the vehicle. According to the report, “Deputy Sharpe asked Mr. Moreno and Mr. Dobbs if there was any marijuana in the vehicle. Mr. Dobbs stated that he had eaten all of it as they were being pulled over. Deputy Sharpe could also smell an odor of alcoholic beverages omitted from the vehicle. Mr. Moreno stated they were coming from the Oyster Pub in Dalton.” Moreno stated it wasn’t a big deal and that he could just get someone to come to get him. During field sobriety tests, Moreno showed several signs of impairment and showed BAC on a PBT. Moreno was placed under arrest for DUI and refused the state test. Moreno was booked into the Whitfield County Jail and charged with headlight requirement and DUI, driving under the influence less safe.