NWGA Scanner | July 30th, 2022
According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, “On July 23rd, 2022, at 2:40 am, Deputy Weaver and Lieutenant Cunningham were sitting stationary at the rest area running LIDAR when Lieutenant Cunningham checked a 2012 Infiniti g35 at 90mph. Deputy Weaver initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Roberto Paulino, 28, of Dalton. According to the report, “Deputy Weaver introduced himself and asked Paulino did he know why he was being stopped tonight. Paulino looked at Deputy Weaver with a blank stare and said I’m not sure, I might have been speeding. At this time, Deputy Weaver observed the strong odor of alcohol coming from Paulino’s breath, along with Paulino having bloodshot eyes. Deputy Weaver informed Paulino he was checked at 90mph in a 70mph zone, and that’s why he was being stopped tonight. Paulino looked at Deputy Weaver with a blank stare again and shrugged his shoulders. During the interaction with Paulino Deputy Weaver also noted the driver slurring his words numerous times and was unable to obey simple commands without Deputy Weaver repeating the commands.” When asked to perform some field sobriety tests, Paulino stated, “Do I have to do it” “I don’t need to do the tests. I can drive”. When asked again, Paulino continued to get irate and denied taking the field sobriety tests numerous times. He stated they could not make him and that they (the deputies) were violating his civil rights. Deputy Weaver told the driver to turn the car off, unbuckle his seat belt and step out. When asked to get out of the vehicle, Paulino pressed the button to start the car, but his foot was not on the brake, so it did not start. Paulino stated, “You’re violating my 2nd and 4th amendments”. Paulino was then placed under arrest for DUI and refused implied consent stating, “You are violating my 2nd amendment rights.” Paulino refused and moved his knee out even further, so the door on the patrol vehicle was unable to shut. Paulino told Deputy Weaver to “Go ahead and shut my knee in the door and force it close, hurt me, you can’t make me move it”. Paulino was booked into the Catoosa County Jail, charged with speeding and DUI less safe.