NWGA Scanner | June 2nd, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on May 23rd, 2021, at around 3:31 AM, Deputy Robledo was stationary at Hill Road and Wagner Drive. According to the report, Deputy Robledo observed a black passenger car not come to a complete stop at the stop sign on Hill Road. The deputy conducted a traffic stop at East brook Road. According to the report, “When Deputy Robledo made contact with the front seat passenger, Hannah Whitlock, she noticed an open can of the white claw in the cup holders. Deputy Robledo asked for an additional unit at this time. Deputy Robledo asked Ms. Whitlock where they were coming from. Ms. Whitlock stated they picked up a friend, Tyler Cain, who was in the back seat, from her house. Ms. Whitlock stated they were on their way to a friend’s house.” The deputy then made contact with the driver, identified as Will Stone Ward, 32, of Dalton. According to the report, “Deputy Robledo asked Mr. Ward if he had any alcoholic drinks tonight. Ward stated he had two cups of Makers Mark.” Deputy Southern arrived on the scene and performed field sobriety on Ward, according to the report. Ward showed several clues of impairment during testing. According to the report, “Upon completion of the One Leg Stand test, Mr. Ward stated, “I couldn’t do this sober.” When Deputy Southern asked him what he meant, Mr. Ward stated that he was just joking around.” Ward denied the state test of his breath. Ward was transported to Whitfield County Jail, charged with open container violation, failure to stop at a stop sign, and DUI less safe.