NWGA Scanner | September 27th, 2022
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On September 18th, 2022, at 2:56 AM, Officer McBrayer observed a vehicle had its bright lights turned on, drifted to the center dotted line, and nearly crossed into the adjacent lane. The officer turned around on the vehicle and observed the vehicle was now stopped at the intersection of Walnut Avenue and Tibbs Road, and they had stopped beyond the stop bar for the traffic signal. Officer McBrayer observed the vehicle drift back and forth across the roadway. Officer McBrayer reported, “These actions were also observed by the neighboring vehicle in the right lane and caused that vehicle to slow down so that they were not beside the vehicle weaving. Once [I] observed these violations, [I] began calling out my traffic stop. [I] was able to get the silver Toyota stopped on Walnut Avenue at Walnut Place in the center turning lane.” The officer then made contact with the driver, identified as Michael Simpson, 32, of Dalton, and explained the reason for being stopped. He stated that he was not having a hard time and that he was completely fine. The officer asked him where he was coming from, and he stated that he was coming from Applebee’s. The officer then asked Simpson if he had consumed any alcoholic beverage, and he stated no. During field sobriety tests, Simpson showed several signs of impairment and showed a BAC of .185 on a PBT. Simpson was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state test. Simpson was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of .237 on the state test. Simpson was chaired with DUI and two counts of failure to maintain lane.