NWGA Scanner | November 5th, 2021

Dalton man charged with DUI after crashing vehicle and leaving the scene in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, “on October 29th, 2021, at approximately 9:59 AM, Deputy Greene was dispatched to the area of Sanders Avenue and Threadmill Road in reference to a single-vehicle crash. According to the report, “Dispatch advised Deputy Greene there were multiple callers on this incident due to the vehicle resting in the ditch almost completely on its top. One caller stated that a male later identified as Victor Manuel Prieto, 38, of Dalton, threw something into the woods and took off running on foot away from the crash scene.” The tag returned to Ruth Meza-Soto at 3024 East Brookhaven Circle within the city limits. Deputy Greene arrived and observed a silver 2003 Toyota Camry lying upside down in the ditch. As the deputy approached the Toyota, a silver minivan stopped on Threadmill directly in front of the crashed vehicle. Deputy Greene approached the van and observed a Hispanic female driver, a Hispanic male passenger, and a young child in the rear driver’s seat. The female stated the car was theirs and that they had already called for a tow truck and didn’t need any help. According to the report, “The child in the back seat said something that Deputy Greene could not hear and the woman, later identified as Ruth Meza-Soto, stated, “yes that’s daddy’s car”. Deputy Greene asked who was driving the vehicle and Soto immediately stated she was. Both Soto and the passenger Prieto gave conflicting stories. According to the report, “Deputy Greene told both that they could stop lying that Deputy Greene knew Prieto was the driver.” Dalton Police Officer Cook arrived on the scene and assisted. According to the report, “Deputy Greene then asked Prieto how much he had to drink. He stated he had two beers after work and was going to smoke a cigarette because his wife did not want him smoking at home. He then stated as he approached the intersection, he braked, slipped, and went into the ditch.” During field sobriety testing Prieto showed several signs of impairment. On the field, Alco-Sensor Prieto tested positive for alcohol with a breath alcohol content of .081. Prieto was then placed under arrest for DUI driving under the influence of alcohol. Prieto was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with DUI, open container, and too fast for conditions. Sgt Southern located a box of Bud Light beer with three full cans of beer inside the box in the woods that Prieto.