NWGA Scanner | February 25th, 2021
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on February 13th, 2021, at around 2:00 AM, Officer Bell was observing traffic at the North Hamilton Street and West Hawthorne Street intersection. The officer observed a white passenger car proceed to jump the sidewalk and turn right onto Chattanooga Avenue and accelerate quickly. The officer attempted to catch up to the vehicle but was still at a distance due to the speed it was traveling. The vehicle then failed to stop at the stop sign at Chattanooga Avenue and North Tyler Street. The vehicle failed to maintain its lane, entering the opposite lane of travel multiple times. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on the North Bypass. When the officer made contact with the driver, Isaias Martinez, 32 of Rocky Face, he could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. Isaias’s eyes were also reported as extremely red and glassy. When Isaias responded to the officer, he noticed that his speech was slurred. Isaias advised that he had been drinking when asked. When asked if he would perform field sobriety tests, Isaias stated that he wanted the officer to just take him to jail. The officer asked two more times to perform field sobriety to see if he was ok to drive. Isaias still said no and then became irate towards the officer and started telling him that he needed to stop talking and just take him to jail. Isaias was then placed under arrest for DUI- driving under the influence of alcohol and read Georgia’s Implied consent notification at the scene. While en route to the jail, Isaias apologized for his actions and stated, “It was just the alcohol talking.” Isaias then asked where the officer saw him because he never saw him until the blue lights came on. At the jail, Isaias refused to give a breath sample. Isaias advised that he wished for the jail staff to place a 12-hour hold on him.
I cited Isaias was charged with DUI-less safe, reckless driving, too fast for conditions, failure to stop at a stop sign.