NWGA Scanner | November 16th, 2021

Dalton man arrested after crashing Honda Civic while DUI in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on November 6th, 2021, at approximately 10:43 PM, Deputy Findley was dispatched to the 3000 block of Old Grade Road in the sharp curve in reference to a vehicle that had crashed into the ditch. According to the report, Deputy Findley arrived and located a blue Honda Civic in the ditch. According to the report, “There was nobody in or around the vehicle, so Deputy Findley requested the list wrecker to respond to the scene to tow the vehicle. While Deputy Findley was waiting on the wrecker, a vehicle pulled up behind him and Mr. Isaac Leon-Gutierrez, 21, of Dalton, exited the passenger side of that vehicle. Leon walked up to Deputy Findley and advised that the Civic was his car.” Leon stated that he was driving too fast and going around the curve. According to the report, “While Mr. Leon was talking, Deputy Findley noticed that Mr. Leon’s eyes were glossy. Deputy Findley also had noticed previously that there was a beer bottle just under the front passenger door of the Civic on the ground. Deputy Findley then asked Mr. Leon if he had anything to drink tonight, and he advised he did not.” Leon continued to say that he was just driving too fast, and he just wanted to get his car and go home. According to the report, During HGN, Deputy Findley observed 6 out of 6 possible clues with a lack of smooth pursuit in both eyes, distinct and sustained Nystagmus at maximum deviation in both eyes, and Nystagmus prior to 45 degrees in both of Leon’s eyes. During the rest of the field sobriety testing, Leon showed several clues of impairment. According to the report, “Deputy Findley then advised Mr. Leon that he had an alco-sensor in his patrol car and asked Mr. Leon if he would be willing to blow in the alco-sensor. At this time, Mr. Leon became increasingly nervous as he started licking his lips and staring at the ground and would not answer Deputy Findley’s question. Mr. Leon said, “Sir, can I just get my car out?” At this time, Deputy Findley advised Mr. Leon he was being arrested for DUI and placed handcuffs on him.” Leon was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he refused the state implied consent test. Leon was then charged with DUI- alcohol, and failure to maintain lane