NWGA Scanner | June 16th, 2022

Dalton man arrested for DUI after crashing vehicle into apartment building

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On June 4th, 2022, Officer Sosa responded to a subject who struck an apartment building with a white and tan Toyota vehicle. According to the report, “The caller stated that the driver, later identified as Arturo Lopez-Sanchez, 41, of Dalton, exited the vehicle and went into apartment 15. The caller wished to remain anonymous. The caller also stated that he believed the suspect driving the vehicle had been drinking.” Officers arrived on the scene and noticed a 1999 Toyota 4runner parked in front of the apartment. Officer Morang felt the hood of the vehicle and stated that it was still hot. There was visible heavy damage to the front end of this vehicle. A woman answered the door and stated the driver was not inside and refused to provide further information. After further questioning, Officer Sosa was made aware that the driver was inside the apartment. While speaking with Arturo, the officer noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. Officer Sosa reported, “At this time, [I] asked Arturo if he had been drinking any alcoholic beverages, and he admitted to me that he had only “two beers”, but he wasn’t driving when he was actually drinking them. Then [I] asked him if he could explain why his truck had damage on the front bumper. Arturo stated that he was reaching for his phone and didn’t notice his vehicle was in drive, but then he changed his story right away, stating that his wife was the one that was driving. At this time, he changed his story again, saying it was him driving the truck when he accidentally pushed the gas pedal and drove his vehicle into the apartment complex wall.” During field sobriety tests, Arturo showed several signs of impairment and showed a BAC of .130 on a PBT. Arturo was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state test. Arturo was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of .127 on the state test. Arturo was charged with DUI alcohol 0.08 grams or more.