NWGA Scanner | September 6th, 2021
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on August 29th, 2021, at around 10:39 PM, Officer Parson responded to a call in reference to a subject with a firearm making threats. Officer concluded the traffic stop he was on and responded to the area of Red Clay Avenue. Officer Parson reported, “[I] drove on Elm Street toward Underwood Street when [I] noticed a loud noise from an approaching vehicle. The noise came from a blown back right tire of that vehicle that had now passed my position. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and swerving over the road into oncoming traffic. At this moment, [I] did not know that this vehicle was part of the current call [I] was responding to. Nevertheless, [I] got behind the vehicle and attempted to catch up to the vehicle as it drove eastbound on Underwood Street.” According to the report, As the vehicle was driving eastbound, it continued to drive into oncoming traffic and crossing the double yellow line multiple times. Officer Castillo and Officer Mullinax, who were already on scene at the original incident location, had the man later identified as Efrain Jose Rivera Rios, 30, of Dalton, stopped and in handcuffs. The officer spoke with a witness and noticed that she had a very young child in her arms who was sobbing uncontrollably. He also noticed another female beside her sobbing as well. According to the report, The female stated that Efrain and her are in a relationship. She stated they had gotten into an argument earlier in the night at their address. She stated that Efrain was very drunk and being belligerent at their residence. She stated that she went to a family member’s house so she could get away from the situation before it got out of control. Officer Parson looked around Efrain’s vehicle and noticed that he had side-swiped something, which resulted in his tire damage. A bag of marijuana was also located in his vehicle. Officer Parson reported, “As [I] was reading Mr. Efrain implied consent, [I] noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person and slurred speech. Mr. Efrain refused to cooperate on submitting to state test of his breath.” Efrain was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with DUI alcohol less safe.