NWGA Scanner | March 2nd, 2022
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on February 20th, 2022, at around 2:30 AM, Officer Bell was patrolling the area of North Tibbs Road when he observed a vehicle stopped in the middle of the roadway. Officer Bell reported, “[I] believed the vehicle to be broken down, so [I] advised dispatch that [I] was getting out with the vehicle on North Tibbs Road near Mountain Drive. As [I] turned my emergency equipment on, the vehicle began to continue onto Mountain Drive and into the parking lot of the Econolodge. [I] continued behind the vehicle due to the vehicle having an Illinois and possibly just being lost. As we were pulling into the Econolodge, the vehicle completely struck the curb before finally coming to a stop in the parking lot.” The officer approached the vehicle where he made contact with the driver, identified as Larry Reed, 37, of Chicago. When asked why he was parked in the middle of the roadway on North Tibbs Road, Larry advised that he was just tired, so he decided to pull over to rest. According to the report, Larry advised that he was in the process of moving from Chicago, IL to College Park, GA and that he had currently been driving for over 10 hours. Officer Bell reported, “[I] could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. [I] also noticed that Larry’s eyes were extremely red and glassy. [I] asked Larry if he had been drinking, which Larry advised “No. ” [I] then advised Larry that [I] smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. Larry then changed his story and advised that he had stopped at a Mexican restaurant and had a couple of beers prior to driving.” Officer Gilreath arrived and advised Officer Bell that there was an open bottle of whiskey under his hoodie in the vehicle. Officer Bell reported, “When Larry reached the rear of his vehicle [I] again detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person/mouth area. [I] also again observed that Larry’s eyes were very red and glassy.” During field sobriety testing, Larry showed several signs of impairment and showed a BrAC of .066 on a PBT. Larry was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of .066 on the state test. Larry was charged with DUI alcohol less safe and open container violation.