NWGA Scanner | September 2nd, 2022
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On July 11th, 2022, at 2:10 PM, Officer Marcus observed a white Jeep Liberty that the vehicle had a canceled tag traveling west on East Morris near 5th Avenue. Officer Marcus attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle as it turned onto Green Street and quickly parked on the back side of a building. Officer Marcus reported, “[I] almost passed the Jeep. However, with my lights still on, [I] positioned myself behind the Jeep to conduct my traffic stop. At this time, the driver began to back up. [I] thought that the driver would hit my vehicle, so [I] used my car horn. The driver continued to back up and then took off at a high rate of speed, traveling north on Green Street. The driver was a Hispanic male with a white t-shirt and a hat.” At this time, [I] realized that the driver, Daniel Eric Pimentel, 29, of Dalton, was fleeing and eluding my stop.” Officer later observed the vehicle had crashed into a cinder block wall of a building on the southeast side of the intersection, and Daniel had fled on foot. The damage to the building and the vehicle was extensive and left a large car-shaped hole in the wall of the building. Daniel was confirmed to be the fleeing driver. His girlfriend Viviana stated that she had allowed Daniel to drive the vehicle even though he did not have a valid license. She stated that Daniel showed up at her place of work bloody and dirty from the crash. Officers obtained arrest warrants on Daniel for fleeing, failure to maintain lane, hit and run, canceled tag, no license, and reckless driving. According to Whitfield County and Dalton arrest reports, Daniel is no stranger to fleeing from police. In May 2020, Daniel, who is a convicted felon, was arrested after fleeing Dalton PD in a vehicle and on foot. The Dalton felon was also arrested in May 2021 after a 100 mph chase from Murray County ended in a violent crash and foot pursuit. Daniel has a very lengthy criminal history, including convictions for burglary and theft.