NWGA Scanner | June 4th, 2022
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On May 19th, 2022, at approximately 4:05 PM, Deputy Dennison was patrolling the area of 341 I-75 Southbound. According to a report, “Dispatch put out a BOLO (Be on The Lookout) for a white Chevrolet pickup that was all over the roadway. Dispatch also advised that the white pickup had a paint sprayer in the truck bed. Dispatch advised that the caller was currently behind it, and the BOLO vehicle was exiting at 341 I-75 Southbound. Deputy Dennison initiated his emergency lights to safely turn around and obtain a visual of the vehicle. Deputy Dennison observed the white pickup truck with a paint sprayer in the truck bed exit at 341 and turned left going eastbound on Hwy 201.” The deputy observed the truck touch the outside line approximately three times and observed the driver touch the inside line approximately five times. According to the report, “At one point, the lanes merge from two lanes into one lane. After merging, Deputy Dennison observed the vehicle cross over the two solid yellow lines on the inside of the lane. When crossing over the lines, the vehicle was partially in the lane of oncoming traffic during heavy traffic hours. Deputy Dennison initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at Hwy 201 and Reed Road in front of Northwest Whitfield County High School. While initiating the traffic stop, the vehicle went past the parking lot, pulled in of the high school, and stopped in the turning lane.” The deputy then made contact with the driver Royal Wayne Hall Jr., 65, of Dalton. The deputy could immediately smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Hall’s person. The deputy also observed that Hall had slurred speech, and he stated that he had an 8-ounce bottle of wine. According to the report, “Mr. Hall Advised Deputy Dennison that he would be willing to perform the tests to make sure he was safe to operate the motor vehicle. Deputy Dennison asked Mr. Hall for his license, and Mr. Hall stated that he did not have his license. Mr. Hall showed Deputy Dennison a Uniform Traffic Citation that had a temporary driving permit on it. Deputy Dennison asked Mr. Hall what the citation was for, and Mr. Hall stated that it was for Driving Under the Influence. During standardized field sobriety testing, Hall showed several signs of impairment and showed a BAC positive for an alcoholic beverage. Hall was placed under arrest for DUI and transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of 0.143 on a state test. Hall was charged with DUI. According to Whitfield County arrest reports, Hall was arrested in January for DUI after a concerned citizen took his keys from him after he was found passed out drunk behind the wheel.