NWGA Scanner | June 10th, 2022

Dalton man arrested for DUI after being stopped for not having headlights on when required

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On May 27th, 2022, at 9:51 PM, Officer Lewis was patrolling the area of Shugart Road and West Waugh Street, looking for any illegal or suspicious activity. Officer Lewis then observed a black in color 2013 Chevrolet Equinox that did not have its headlights active. The officer conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, later identified as Wilfredo Contreras-Rosales, 42, of Dalton. After explaining the reason for the traffic stop, Rosales then proceeded to try to activate the headlights. According to the report, “It took several unsuccessful attempts at turning the switch for him to finally be able to turn the headlights on.” He stated that his passenger had been drinking but that he had not been. He then later stated he had a “Beer and a half” of “Heineken”. During field sobriety tests, Rosales showed several signs of impairment and showed a BAC of .105 on a PBT. Rosales was placed under arrest for DUI and advised that he had two Heineken beers plus a Guatemalan beer. Rosales was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of .197 on the state test. He was charged with DUI, and lighted headlights were required. Officer Lewis reported, “[I] then also completed an administrative license suspension form for Rosales. [I] talked to him and asked him to sign the form. He stated that he wished for me to just deport him. [I] advised him that [I] do not deport people and that [I] just needed him to sign the form since it would be his new temporary license. He stated that he was not signing anything.”