NWGA Scanner | December 30th, 2021

Dalton man arrested for DUI after stopping vehicle in the middle of East Morris Street

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on December 18th, 2021, at around 11:36 PM, Officer Herrera responded to the area of North Glenwood Avenue and East Morris Street to assist Sgt. Corso with a vehicle stopped in the roadway. Sgt Corso advised the officer that he believed the driver, later identified as Jeremy Allen Wishon, 44, of Dalton, is under the influence of alcohol. Sgt. Corso advised he observed the vehicle improperly stopped in the roadway near the intersection. He stated that the vehicle then drove through the intersection and came to a stop at 216 East Morris Street. Officer Herrera reported, “While speaking to the driver [I] instantly observed the following signs and symptoms that led me to believe that he was operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated: red eyes, watery eyes, the odor of alcohol coming from his breath and person, slurred speech, slow movement, and poor hand coordination. Jeremy had trouble exiting the vehicle. When he exited the vehicle, he was unstable on his feet and had trouble maintaining balance on the flat surface. [I] asked him if he would perform standardized field sobriety tests to see if he was safe to operate a motor vehicle. He stated that he did not want to perform the test. He stated that he did not have to perform a standardized field sobriety test because he was having his vehicle towed. [I] asked him for a second time if he would perform standardized field sobriety tests, and he said no. [I] asked him for the third time, and he responded with no again.” Jeremy was then placed under arrest for DUI. According to the report, While attempting to place Jeremy in handcuffs and he started to actively resist. Jeremy refused to place his hands behind his back by attempting to pull away. He was attempting to pull away and was saying that they had no reason to arrest him. Officer Herrera reported, “While Jeremy was in the back of my patrol car [I] read him Georgia Implied Consent for a breath sample. Jeremy said the following “I know my rights I don’t need to give you a breath sample”. Jeremy said, “I won’t consent to a state test until you learn how to read properly”. Jeremy refused Georgia’s implied consent. Inside Jeremy’s vehicle, [I] observed several open containers of alcohol on the right-hand passenger side floor. Jeremy was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with DUI, open container, and improper stopping in the roadway.