NWGA Scanner | January 28th, 2022

Concerned citizen takes keys away from drunk driver after finding him passed out behind the wheel in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on January 21st, 2022, at approximately 12:30 AM, Deputy Barnett was dispatched to Pleasant Grove Drive at the intersection of Cleveland Highway in reference to receiving a call from a concerned citizen about a man that was “sleeping” in the driver’s seat while his vehicle was in the roadway. Deputy Tabellion arrived on the scene first. According to the report, He stated that upon his arrival, he made contact with the driver of a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado with Georgia registration, pulling a trailer with Georgia registration which was parked on Pleasant Grove Drive but slightly in the roadway of Cleveland Highway. He stated that the driver was slurring his words and was unsteady on his feet when asked to exit the vehicle. Sgt. Southern arrived on the scene at this time to assist. When Deputy Barnett approached the driver identified as Royal Wayne Hall Jr., 64, of Dalton, he could smell the distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Mr. Hall’s breath. According to the report, Deputy Barnett also observed that Mr. Hall had dried blood on his nose area and that his eyes were red and “bloodshot” and that Mr. Hall was slurring his words.” During field sobriety tests, Hall showed several signs of impairment. With the facts and circumstances supporting probable cause, Deputy Barnett then placed Hall under arrest for DUI. According to the report, deputies located an open pint of “Bahama Momma” alcoholic beverage in the jacket pocket in Mr. Hall’s vehicle. Hall was agreed to the state test and showed a BrAC of 0.223 at the Whitfield County Jail. Hall was charged with DUI- driving under the influence, opening containers, and impeding the flow of traffic. The 911 caller advised a deputy that she observed several vehicles driving around the vehicle parked in the roadway and noticed the driver “slumped over the steering wheel” and he appeared to be unconscious or sleeping. Concerned for the man well being, she and her mother approached Mr. Halls vehicle and started “banging on the window”. Once Hall’s vehicle started moving forward, she then opened the door, and while she pushed the brake pedal with her hand, her mother put the vehicle in park. She stated she could smell “alcohol”. The concerned citizen then removed the keys and called Whitfield E911.