NWGA Scanner | October 18th, 2022

Dalton man arrested for DUI drugs after crashing on Third Avenue

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on September 25th, 2022, Officer Miller responded to a call from a wrecker service requesting that a police officer block traffic while the tow truck operator retrieved a vehicle from a yard. Officer Miller arrived on the scene and observed a 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata had left the roadway, traveled approximately 120 feet, and ended up down a hill on the east side of Third Avenue just north of where Redwine Street connects with Third Avenue. Officer Miller spoke with the driver, later identified as Angel Orlando Garcia Pacheco, 22, of Dalton, and asked him what had happened. According to the report, “Angel stated that he was heading south on the third ave when he entered a curve in the road and lost control of his vehicle. Angel stated that the rear end of his car had started to slide around, and he gave it gas to try to correct it, and he ended up leaving the roadway and getting his car stuck down the hill in the bushes”. Officer Miller reported, “As [I] spoke with angel [I] smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from his person and his eyes looked glossy. [I] asked Angel for his drivers license and insurance card. When angel opened his car door, [I] could smell a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. [I] asked Angel if he had been smoking marijuana, and he stated that he had about two days prior.” Officer Miller located CBD vape. The vape was not marked with the concentration of THC that it contained. Also, during his search, he located a burnt marijuana cigarette that is commonly referred to as a “Blunt” under the passenger seat, along with an empty wooden container that had a strong odor of marijuana coming from it. During field sobriety tests, Angel showed several signs of marijuana impairment and was placed under arrest for DUI. Angel refused the state testing of his blood. Angel was charged with DUI drugs less safe, failed to maintain lanes, and was too fast for the conditions.