NWGA Scanner | February 26th, 2021
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on February 21st, 2021, at around 3:00 AM, Officer Mefford was patrolling the area of 319 South Hamilton Street, the Tenoch Bar. The officer observed a vehicle leave the parking lot at a high rate of speed. The officer then observed the vehicle turn onto Hawthorne Street and continue across the railroad tracks at an extremely high rate of speed. While the officer was behind the vehicle on Glenwood Avenue, he observed the vehicle weaving back and forth in its lane of travel. With the given traffic infractions, the officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. When the officer made contact with the driver, Octavio Anaya Paredes, 37, of Cleveland, Tennessee, he could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. Officer Mefford reported, “[I] also noticed that his eyes were extremely glassy. [I] explained to Octavio why he had been stopped and asked him if there was any reason for his actions. Octavio stated that he was not from Dalton, and it was his first time at Tenoch. [I] noticed that Octavio’s speech was slurred.” Octavio answered that he had Consumed approximately two beers. When asked for a driver’s license, Octavio provided a passport. Octavio showed several clues during the field sobriety testing and showed a breath alcohol content of .104. The officer placed him under arrest for DUI driving under the influence of alcohol. Octavio agreed to the state test and gave a breath sample on the intox 9000 machine. He showed a blood alcohol count (BA) of .124 grams of alcohol. Octavio was booked into the Whitfield County Jail charged with DUI .08 grams or more, too fast for conditions, and weaving over the roadway.