NWGA Scanner | August 1st, 2022
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On July 9th, 2022, at approximately 2:53 AM, Officer O’Neal observed a 2018 gray Dodge Challenger squealing it’s tires as it turned right from East Morris Street to Glenwood Avenue to travel north. When turning, it was reeving the engine, and it had a very loud exhaust. It then did the same thing when turning left onto Gordon Street. Officer O’Neal conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Kevin Burciaga, 19, of Dalton. Officer O’Neal reported, “He stated he wanted to hear his exhaust. When [I] started to talk to him, [I] could smell a slight odor of alcoholic beverage coming from inside the car. Burciaga’s eyes were glossy and a little red. [I] observed an empty box labeled for beer in the back passenger floorboard. [I] asked him for a driver’s license. He fumbled to get his wallet out. He told me he did not have his license on him.” Burciaga advised he had nothing to drink before driving. During a standardized field sobriety test, Burciaga showed several signs of impairment and showed a BAC of .176 on a PBT. Burciaga was then placed him under arrest for DUI under 21 and agreed to the state test. Officer O’Neal reported, “[I] asked him how much he really had to drink, and he told me two cans of beer. He said he was at his friend’s house prior to driving and being pulled over. He told me he had gotten the fake driver’s licenses from a friend who got them online.” Burciaga was transported to Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of .165 on the state test. Burciaga was charged with possession of false identification document x2, DUI under 21, reckless driving, loud exhaust, and no license.