NWGA Scanner | February 18th, 2021
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on January 31st, 2021, at around 2:09 AM, Officer Mefford and other officers were at 1105 Riverbend Road, due to a disturbance that had occurred. There was a large party with multiple underage individuals who were consuming alcohol. Due to the situation, the individuals were advised that they needed to leave the area. Officers believed they heard a vehicle hit another vehicle. Officer saw a female running toward a vehicle yelling, “You just hit my car.” Officers approached the vehicle and told the driver, Clifton Butler, 24, of Chattanooga, to stop the vehicle and step out. Officers immediately detected the odor of alcohol coming from his person, and his eyes were very glassy. Sgt. Zimmerman was also on scene due to the prior incidents. The officer performed a standardized field sobriety test to ensure Clifton was ok to be driving. Clifton showed several signs of impairment during the test and showed a breath alcohol content of .197. Officer Mefford reported, “During the battery of tests, Clifton displayed a lack of coordination and difficulty standing. At this time, [I] placed him under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), and read Georgia’s Implied Consent Notification at the scene.” At the Whitfield County, Jail Clifton showed a blood alcohol count (BA) of .172 grams of alcohol. Clifton was charged with DUI .08 or more.