NWGA Scanner | February 9th, 2022

Dalton man arrested for DUI after crashing while driving reckless

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On January 30th, 2022, Officer Avila observed a blue passenger vehicle travel at a high rate of speed over the hill on Lakemont Drive, striking a curb west of Lakemont Drive and Ridgeleigh Circle and continuing straight into a wooded ditch area. Officer Avila reported, “[I] informed dispatch of the motor vehicle crash. [I] exited my patrol car and ran towards the crashed vehicle. The male was sitting straight, facing forward. [I] yelled to the male to roll down the window. The male would not comply, and [I] observed the male be conscious and alert. [I] observed the male moving around in the car and picking up his cellular device. [I] informed the male that emergency medical services were responding. The male stated that he was ok and to cancel emergency services. [I] informed the male [I] would not cancel. The male driver had slurred speech when he would respond to my questions. [I] asked the male, “Can you exit the vehicle?” the male stated that he would not exit the vehicle. [I] informed the male I could assist him out of the vehicle, and the male stated that he would not exit.” The male identified as Jason Allen Dimmlich, 47, of Dalton, was assisted out of the vehicle by firefighters. Jason was observed stumbling and unable to hold his balance. Officer Avila reported that at this time, he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the Jason’s mouth area. Officer Avila reported, “[I] asked Jason, “How much did you have to drink?” and Jason stated none. [I] asked again, “How many beers did you have?” Jason stated that he had two beers prior to driving. [I] observed Jason having glossy red eyes. [I] asked Jason, “Will you perform field sobriety?” Jason said, “Put me in the car and take me to jail.” Jason was then placed under arrest for DUI and refused implied consent. Officer Avila then completed a search warrant for Jason’s blood, and it was signed by judge T. Phillips. Officer Avila relocated to Hamilton Medical Center to serve the search warrant. Jason refused to give his blood and allowed the nurse to draw his blood. Jason was then transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he refused to blow in the alcosensor at the jail for the booking staff. Jason was charged with reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, too fast for conditions, and DUI refusal. Officer Avila advised Jason that his license was now suspended for a year.