NWGA Scanner | December 22nd, 2021
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on November 29th, 2021, around 3:26 PM, an officer responded to the Creative Arts Guild located at 520 West Waugh Street in reference to sergeant Bowen requesting a secondary officer for assistance during a traffic stop on a 2007 Volkswagen Eos. The driver was later identified as Kevin Kolaski, 58, of Dalton. After making contact with sergeant Bowen, he informed the officer that he was directly behind the passenger car when Kevin ran the red light at the intersection of Jones Street and Waugh Street. After noticing the violation, sergeant Bowen conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle. According to the report, “Once he began to speak to the driver, he detected the strong odor of alcoholic beverages on his breath. After noticing this and considering the traffic violation that was just made, he suspected the driver to be under the influence of alcohol. When sergeant Bowen asked Kevin if he had consumed any alcoholic beverages, he admitted that he had consumed one beer for lunch after initially stating that he had none. Sergeant Bowen also informed me that the driver initially consented to perform standardized field sobriety testing. However, after he explained the “Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus” test and attempted to administer it, Kevin wouldn’t properly follow instructions.” The officer reported, “When [I] spoke to Kevin, [I] also noticed that his eyes were slightly red.” During field sobriety tests, Kevin showed several clues of impairment. While waiting for the Alco Sensor’s results, Kevin once again stated that he only had one Guinness beer prior to driving. Kevin then stated that he took his prescribed Alprazolam when he woke up. The officer reported, “Taking into consideration the possible side effects of his medication, the traffic violation, and the previously stated field sobriety test results, [I] believed that Kevin was a significantly less safe driver at that time.” Kevin agreed to implied consent and was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with DUI drugs less safe and failure to obey traffic lights.