NWGA Scanner | February 23rd, 2022

Dalton man arrested for DUI after nearly crashing into Dalton PD officer while leaving bar

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on February 6th, 2022, at 2:56 AM, Officer Hill was conducting an extra patrol of the Oyster Pub located at 933 Market Street when Officer Gilreath initiated a traffic stop on a red 2008 Dodge Dakota. According to the report, “Officer Gilreath stated that she had observed the truck driven by Nicholas Jordan Faulknor, 23, of Dalton, pull out of the Oyster Pub with no headlights on. Officer Gilreath advised that the vehicle turned right to go northbound on Market Street. Officer Gilreath stated that the truck then started to cross the double yellow line and enter the southbound lane while traveling northbound. Officer Gilreath stated that she activated her horn to try to prevent the truck driven by Faulknor from crashing head-on into her patrol vehicle while she was traveling southbound. Officer Gilreath stated that the truck then swerved right back into its lane and struck the curb on the right shoulder of the roadway. Faulknor advised that he had just left the Oyster Pub after playing pool with his cousin. He initially stated that he had maybe 1-2 beers.” Officer Hill reported, “When [I] asked him again, he stated that he had maybe 2-3 beers. Faulknor stated that the beers were bud lights. He stated that he was trying to find an address on his cell phone, and that is why he was driving in the manner that he was. Faulknor stated that he was pretty sure that he only had two beers. While speaking to Faulknor, [I] noticed that his eyes were red. [I] also noticed that his speech was slurred and slow. [I] could also smell the distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person. [I] also noticed that Faulknor was swaying and seemed unsteady on his feet.” During field sobriety testing, Faulkner showed several signs of alcohol impairment and showed aBrAC of .203 on a portable Alco-Sensor. Faulkner was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state breath test. Officers then located numerous open cans and bottles of alcohol in Faulknor’s truck. There were also several open and empty bottles/cans of angry orchard, miller high life, and a glass bottle that appeared to be some type of vodka. While en route to the Whitfield County Jail, Faulknor admitted to consuming 2-3 shots of liquor. While at the jail, Faulkner showed a BAC of .160 on the state test. Faulkner was charged with DUI 0.08 grams or more, failure to maintain lane, and open container of alcohol.