NWGA Scanner | November 13th, 2021

Dalton man charged with DUI after attempting to help woman get away from man in Dalton

According to a Dalton Police Department Incident report, on November 6th, 2021, at around 3:11 AM, Officer Castillo was patrolling the area of Underwood Street. Officer Castillo reported, “While driving westbound on Underwood Street, [I] came upon a truck stopped in the middle of the roadway close to West Woodland Drive. There were two people outside of the vehicle. This area of the roadway was not safe to stop due to it being on a curve and grade.” The officer activated his emergency equipment and observed a person in the driver’s seat. The officer approached the silver Nissan Frontier. Officer Castillo reported, “[I] got out and recognized the male subject in the roadway as Eliseo Pimentel from several previous arrests and calls for service.” The driver of the vehicle then got out, and everyone started to talk to the officer all at once. I told the driver to stay put. Officer Mantooth arrived on the scene to assist. Officer Castillo talked with the female, who stated she and Eliseo were just talking. According to the report, She did not know that Eliseo was so angry, and all she wanted to do was just leave. When asked about the male driver, she said that she did not know his name and that she had just met him on Facebook. The driver was later identified as Victor Alfonso Gonzalez-Villegas, 29, of Dalton. According to the report, Victor said that he was just driving by and saw that the female was being followed by Eliseo. Victor said that Eliseo was pulling on her and trying to keep her from leaving. Officer Castillo reported, “While talking to Victor, [I] could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his mouth.” Victor advised that he had not had anything to drink prior to driving. The officer then told Victor that he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his mouth. Victor then changed his story and said that he had just one Corona beer. Officer Castillo reported, “[I] looked at Victor and told him that was not true due to the very strong odor coming from him. Victor then said that he might have had 2-3 beers. Victor said that he felt ok to drive and that he was just heading back to his apartment that was just down the street. Eliseo came back with a warrant for felony probation violation through the Whitfield County Sheriffs Office. The warrant was valid, and they wished to place a hold. While talking further with Victor officer also observed that his eyes were very red and glassy. During field sobriety tests, he showed several clues of impairment. During the field Alco-Sensor test Victor showed a breath alcohol content of .165. Victor was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. During a search of Victor, officers located a $1.00 with cocaine inside. Victor was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with improper stopping, driving without a driver’s license, DUI less safe, VGCSA possession of cocaine, and drug-related objects.