NWGA Scanner | January 21st, 2021
According to a Whitfield County sheriff’s Office incident report, on Sunday, January 17th, 2021, at around 7:26 PM, Deputy Patrick was traveling down Airport Road at Hill Road when she noticed a black Ford F150 stop abruptly at the stoplight. The deputy noticed that a white male, later identified as Fred Garland, 50, of Dalton, exit the driver’s seat and jump out onto the roadway. Fred then approached the vehicle in front of his truck. The deputy observed Garland get back inside of his truck and turn down Hill Road. The deputy noticed that the tag light on the F150 was not working observed Garland be traveling at a high rate of speed. A traffic stop was initiated on the truck. Garland pulled the truck into a residence at 533 Hill Road. Garland immediately tried to exit his vehicle. Garland was advised to stay in the vehicle. The deputy reported that Garland was yelling at someone that was standing on the porch of the residence. The deputy could smell a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. Garland would not acknowledge the question if he had anything to drink. Garland then stated his passenger Bruce Dyer was intoxicated. While both occupants information the deputy that Garland was previously arrested for DUI. Garland advised he hadn’t had anything to drink and refused to do any testing. Deputy Pack, who is a trained drug recognition expert, was called to help on the scene. Garland was reported as having slurred speech and smelled of an alcoholic beverage. Garland also stumbled just a little bit but was not staggering with his walk. Deputy Pack asked to check Garland’s eyes, and he agreed. After Deputy Pack performed the test, the deputy determined that Garland was driving under the influence of alcohol. Garland was placed under arrest for DUI-driving under the influence less safe. Garland was also written a warning for his tag light. Garland refused any state testing and was transported to the Whitfield County Jail.