NWGA Scanner | June 9th, 2022

Dalton man arrested for DUI after laying drag and driving reckless in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On May 26th, 2022, at 2:18 AM, while in the area of 2211 South Dixie Highway, Church of God, typing a report, Lt. Gibson began hearing what sounded to be a vehicle driving reckless. According to the report, “Lt. Gibson could hear an engine revving and tires screeching against the pavement.” The deputy eventually saw a 2022 black Dodge Charger without its headlights activated pulling up to the road from what appeared to be the area of 209 West Industrial Blvd. As the Charger pulled out onto the road, Lt. Gibson heard the engine rev again, matching the sound that he had heard before. According to the report, “The vehicle then revved more, causing the rear wheels to break traction as it tuned right onto West Industrial Blvd. Lt. Gibson observed the rear of the vehicle drift to the left, to the right, and then back again, zig-zagging back and forth as the rear wheels spun against the pavement, and the vehicle drove across the center line. The vehicle traveled East on West Industrial Blvd, accelerating rapidly while the headlights were still off. The vehicle traveled north at a high rate of speed. Lt. Gibson was able to get the Charger stopped at 1810 South Hamilton Street. Lt. Gibson made contact with the driver Ulises Corona, 26, of Dalton, and could detect the distinct odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. When the deputy asked the driver why he driving the way he was, he stated, “I was just seeing what I could do. I kind of f***ed up.” According to the report, “While speaking with Mr. Corona, Lt. Gibson observed that his eyes were bloodshot and watery, and his demeanor was that of calm and cooperative. Lt. Gibson then asked Mr. Corona when the last time he smoked marijuana was, and he stated approximately between two and three hours prior to the stop.” During field sobriety tests, Corona showed general indicators of impairment and validated clues of impairment. Corona was placed under arrest for DUI and refused the state test. During a search of the vehicle, the deputy located a commercial-style package with a large amount of marijuana inside. Corona was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with failure to maintain lane, laying drag, reckless driving, headlights violation, and DUI/Drugs/Less Safe.