NWGA Scanner | January 13th, 2022
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on January 2nd, 2021, at approximately 3:29 AM, Officer Bethune and Officer Thornton responded to the area of McFarland Road and South Hamilton Street in reference to a vehicle that was parked on the railroad tracks near this intersection. When officers arrived, they were met by Mohawk security that located the driver near the building at 104 McFarland Road. The driver, later identified as Emiliano Chavez Lazaro, 53, Dalton, was wearing a white vest and a white cowboy hat. According to the report, Lazaro gave officers several different stories on how his vehicle ended up where it did. At first, his friend parked the vehicle there earlier, and he was there to pick it up. He then changed his story, saying someone stole his vehicle and he had just found it parked on the tracks. Officer Thornton reported, “While speaking to Mr. Lazaro, [I] noticed that his eyes appeared to be bloodshot. [I] could detect the smell of alcohol coming from his person.” The officer then asked him a third time why his vehicle was parked on the tracks. He went back to saying that his friend was taking him home and had parked it there. According to the report, “Officer Bethune asked Mr. Lazaro what his friend’s name was, to which he replied mumbling “Jerry”. After a few more questions, he changed his story and said that he had come from La Dona nightclub located at 700 Redwine Street. Mr. Lazaro admitted to drinking earlier at the bar. He advised that he only had a few drinks.”Officers then watched a video from Mohawk security showing Lazaro parking the vehicle and then getting out, leaving the vehicle in the middle of the roadway. During field sobriety tests, Lazaro showed several clues of impairment and tested positive for alcohol with a BrAC of .288 grams. Lazaro was placed under arrest for DUI and would not give a coherent answer as to whether he would submit to the state-administered test. Lazaro was transported to the Whitfield County Jail. At the jail, Lazaro refused to take the breath test, saying that he had already admitted to drinking alcohol. Mr. Lazaro was charged with DUI- alcohol less safe and stopping, standing, or parking prohibited in specified places.