NWGA Scanner | June 21st, 2022

Dalton man arrested for DUI after 911 call from concerned citizen regarding reckless driver in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On June 16th, 2022, at approximately 7:56 AM, Whitfield County 911 communications put out a BOLO for a black car unable to maintain its lane and going into oncoming traffic. Whitfield County Communications stated a concerned citizen called in the BOLO and was going to follow the vehicle until law enforcement could stop the vehicle. Per the CAD notes, the black car almost ran off the roadway and was driving on the wrong side of the road. According to the report, “At this point, due to the concern for the safety of other drivers in the area Deputy Robledo activated her blue lights and sirens in an attempt to catch up with the driver of the black passenger car.” Deputy Robledo and Deputy McClure, who was in the passenger seat of Deputy Robledo’s vehicle, observed a male in a black car that appeared to have just pulled into a driveway. Deputies pulled into the driveway of 341 Burgess Road and made contact with Michael Athonie Cole, 43, of Dalton. According to the report, Deputy McClure explained to Mr. Cole that a concerned citizen called in that he was driving on the wrong side of the road and couldn’t maintain his speed and followed him from the Murray county line all the way down Lower Dawnville Road and Cedar Ridge road. Deputy McClure confirmed the tag number on the black vehicle Mr. Cole was driving was the same number that the concerned citizen reported seeing on the vehicle. Deputy McClure asked Mr. Cole if he had anything to drink, and Mr. Cole stated that he drank a little before driving. Deputy McClure asked Mr. Cole how much a little was, and Mr. Cole stated he had about half a pint of Jack Daniel’s.” The deputy asked Cole if he would do some field sobriety test, and he refused, stating that he was home now and was safe. The 911 caller stated that the driver was very reckless and all over the road. She stated that he was crossing over the yellow line at the top of hills and almost struck several vehicles head-on. She stated she would be willing to testify to the way Cole was driving if needed. Cole was then placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state testing of his breath. Cole was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of 0.169 n the state test. Cole was charged with DUI and driving under the influence.