NWGA Scanner | October 25th, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on September 27th, 2021, at approximately 1:15 AM, Lieutenant Boling observed a maroon 2004 GMC Canyon sitting in the intersection of North Bypass and Veterans Drive. According to the report, “The vehicle was past the stop bar, and crosswalk on Veterans had a red light stopping the traffic from crossing the North Bypass. Lt. Boling watched the vehicle continue to creep forward while the light remained red. The vehicle then went into reverse and backed up a few feet. The vehicle continued to creep forward while the light was still red. Lt. Boling also noticed the vehicle did not have headlights on. Therefore, Lt. Boling followed the vehicle to observe the driver’s operation of the vehicle. Lt. Boling observed the vehicle fail to maintain a single lane of travel on Flemming Street, even striking the curb on Flemming Street.” The deputy then attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Flemming Street at Cleveland Highway. However, the vehicle continued to drive at about 12 miles per hour until the vehicle reached Beulah Drive, where again the vehicle struck the curve before coming to a stop. The deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Pablo Cruz, 64, of Dalton. According to the report, “Lt. Boling had Pablo exit the vehicle to speak with him. Lt. Boling immediately observed that Pablo’s speech was slurred, and he was unsteady on his feet. Lt. Boling could smell the odor of alcohol emitting from Pablo as he attempted to communicate with him. Due to a language Barrier, Lt. Boling had Deputy Fernandez meet with him to translate. Deputy Koehler and Deputy Buchannan also arrived to assist Lt. Boling with the investigation.” During field sobriety testing, it was apparent Pablo was unable to safely attempt the test due to his level of impairment at the time of the interaction. Pablo was then placed under arrest for DUI. Pablo was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed an alcohol concentration of .231 on the state test. Pablo was charged with failure to obey traffic control, failure to maintain a single lane of travel, open container of alcohol, DUI- alcohol 0.08 grams or more, and headlights required.