NWGA Scanner | February 1st, 2021

Dalton man charged with DUI after deputy observes him strike curb busting two tires

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021, at approximately 9::11 PM, Officer Kell was dispatched to the Circle K located at 2214 East Walnut Avenue in reference to assisting a Whitfield County deputy on a traffic stop. The deputy stated he was traveling behind the white GMC sierra near East Walnut Avenue near Lester Avenue in his unmarked patrol vehicle. The deputy stated while driving behind the vehicle, he observed the white truck drift to the right side of the roadway over the white fog line and scrubbed both right-side tires against the curb, causing both tires to bust. That is when the deputy attempted a traffic stop. The deputy stated the white truck continued east on Walnut Avenue with two flat tires, finally coming to a stop at the Circle K. The deputy stated once he made contact with the driver, he detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s person. Officer Kell made contact with the driver Gregory “Greg” Roberts, 33, of Dalton. Officer Kell reported, “[I] immediately was able to detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his mouth area. [I] asked Greg where he was coming from, to which he stated from Chili’s. At this time, [I] was able to observe Greg’s speech to be extremely slurred. [I] asked Greg if he had been drinking, to which he stated he had a few beers.” Officer Kell then performed some field sobriety tests on Greg, where he showed several clues of impairment. Greg also produced a reading of 0.064 on an Alco-Sensor. Officer Kell reported, “[I] then asked Greg who he would like to tow his vehicle, to which he stated he wanted his father to come to drive it home, further showing Greg was still unaware that his vehicle’s tires were busted.” The officer found this odd due to the fact that his front right fire was almost completely off the wheel. Greg refused the state-administered testing of his breath. An open “Corona” can was discovered inside the vehicle. Greg was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged DUI – less safe, open container, and failure to maintain lane. According to online records Greg has previous arrest for DUI.