NWGA Scanner | February 2nd, 2021
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on January 20th, 2021, at around 4:22 PM, Officer Avila was given a BOLO on an impaired driver coming from a concerned 911 caller. The caller stated that a man, later identified as Anthony Blake Tallent, 32, of Dalton, had an appointment with them to get a tattoo. When Tallent came in, the complainant noticed that Tallent appeared to be highly intoxicated based on his walking, and he could smell alcohol. The man later told officers that he told the Tallent he could not give him the tattoo due to his current state. He then stated that Tallent went outside and got into a black Ford truck that was lifted and had big rims. The caller stated that he followed Tallent and told him he would call him a cab because he did not need to drive. The man said that as Tallent was getting into his vehicle, he saw many beer cans in the truck. The 911 caller gave Tallent’s name and address. While officers were en route to the BOLO, dispatch gave a call about a hit-and-run that had just occurred on MLK Jr Blvd at Fields Avenue. The BOLO given matched the lifted black Ford diesel truck with a protective grill on the front bumper the original complainant gave. The victim stated that he was stopped at a red light when his vehicle was struck by a black truck from behind while at the red light. When the light turned green, the victim stated he pulled over to the side of the roadway. The black truck made a right onto Fields Avenue and quickly fled the scene. Minor scratches and dents were seen on the Mercedes SUV. Officer Mullinax and Officer Kell found the suspect vehicle at the address given. The vehicle was in the driveway and still running. Officers observed Tallent in the driver seat, slumped over to his right, and appeared to be asleep. After several moments of knocking on the windows, the Tallent woke up and rolled down his window. As the Tallent exited the truck, empty beer cans fell from the floorboard. Officers also noticed in plain sight, in the driver’s side cup holder, several more beer cans. When asked how much he had to drink and he stated just a couple of beers. Officer Mullinax reported, “Throughout the entire conversation, the male subject was unsteady on his feet. He had to hold onto the truck multiple times to keep from stumbling. He also had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person, and his speech was slurred.” Officer Avila arrived on the scene and further investigated. Officer Avila observed well over 15 empty beer cans inside the cab and the bed of the truck. Tallent denied being in a crash or leaving the scene of one. The officer confirmed that Tallent’s truck was the truck that had left the scene of the crash. Tallent was placed under arrest. Tallent refused any state test and was transported to the Whitfield County Jail. Tallent was charged with DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol, open container violation, and hit & run; driver to stop/ return to the accident scene. According to online records, Tallent has several previous arrests for DUI by DPD.