NWGA Scanner | January 18th, 2022
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on December 9th, 2021, at around 3:07 AM, Officer O’Neal was parked across the street to the parking lot of 319 North Hamilton Street. The officer was observing the parking lot aş intoxicated customers of Tenoch Bar were leaving. Officer O’Neal reported, “[I] had observed a passenger car and a truck leaves erratically out of the parking lot and travel south on Hamilton Street. Moments later, both vehicles reenter the parking lot in the same very erratic manner as they drove around the inside of the parking lot and leave again south on Hamilton. Both times they did not stop when entering the roadway. They both made a right-hand turn onto Morris Street without stopping for the red light. [I] used my emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop on the truck that was behind the car. The car did not stop and continued on Morris Street. The truck was a 2006 dark blue Chevy Silverado.” Officer O’Neal approached the driver’s side and made contact with the driver, Carlos Alberto Segoviano-Mendez, 24, of Dalton. Officer O’Neal reported he smelt a strong odor of alcoholic beverage and marijuana emanating from inside the truck. According to the report, “Segoviano-Mendez had glossy red eyes. When he spoke, the officer could smell the odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from his body and breath.” When the officer asked if he had consumed any alcohol and he said he only had “two beers” at Tenoch. Officer Bell arrived to assist with Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) and observed six out of six clues for alcohol impairment. Officer O’Neal reported, “Segoviano-Mendez then provided a breath sample in a portable breathalyzer showing a BAC of .195.”Segoviano-Mendez was then placed under arrested for DUI driving while under the influence and agreed to the state test. Segoviano-Mendez was then transported to Whitfield County Jail. At the jail Segoviano-Mendez showed a BAC of .150. Segoviano-Mendez was charged with DUI and not stopping at the red light.