NWGA Scanner | April 6th, 2021

Dalton man charged with DUI after 911 call from off-duty officer regarding an erratic driver on I-75

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on March 29th, 2021, at around 10:30 PM, Lt. Gibson responded to I-75 southbound in reference to a BOLO regarding a vehicle failing to maintain a lane. Whitfield County 911 advised the vehicle was traveling south around mile marker 341. The deputy caught up to the vehicle in the area of mile marker 329 and observed the vehicle dart from side to side multiple times as it began to exit at the 328. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, pulling into the parking lot of Pilot Travel Center at 243 Connector 3. The deputy made contact with the driver, later identified as Nathan J. Palmer, 43, of Dalton. Lt. Gibson advised that a concerned citizen had called about his driving. While speaking with Palmer, the deputy observed that Palmer’s speech was slurred, and his eyes were bloodshot and watery. The deputy asked Palmer if he had consumed any alcoholic beverages, and he stated he had “probably two drinks”. After further questioning, Palmer stated he had two margaritas approximately one and a half hours prior to being stopped. During field sobriety tests, Palmer showed several clues of impairment. Palmer did give a voluntary sample into a handheld alco-sensor. Palmer was not cooperative with the instructions given, but the device did give a positive reading of breath alcohol at .055. The deputy spoke with the 911 caller, who was Officer Hudson, an off-duty Dalton Police Officer. The off-duty officer stated he had originally observed the vehicle on Battlefield Parkway as well as on Interstate 75 while driving in his personal vehicle. The off-duty officer stated the vehicle failed to maintain its lane several times and almost caused a fatal crash with a commercial motor vehicle. Palmer was placed under arrest for DUI and read the Georgia Implied Consent for Suspects Age 21 and Over. Palmer agreed to the state’s tests and was transported to the Whitfield County Jail. Palmer gave two voluntary samples of breath, and both registered .08. Palmer was charged with DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol .08 grams or more.