NWGA Scanner | October 15th, 2021

Dalton man charged with DUI after nearly causing crash with Whitfield County deputy

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Sunday, October 10th, 2021, at 2:16 PM, Sergeant Callahan was traveling north on Highway 71 in the area of Maresca drive when a white in color SUV failed to yield while turning, causing the deputy to slam on his brakes. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Ciro Andablo Hernandez, 39, of Dalton, swung out too far into the inside lane, almost striking another vehicle. According to the report, “Sgt. Callahan initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, which partially turned into a driveway at 2978 Cleveland highway, causing Sgt. Callahan to stop in the outside lane of travel on Highway 71. Sgt. Callahan announced on his loudspeaker to pull up farther into the driveway. Andablo Hernandez pulled up about a foot, still not allowing Sgt. Callahan’s vehicle to get out of the busy roadway. Sgt. Callahan provided dispatch with the Georgia personalized tag on the vehicle of (AYME). Upon speaking to Mr. Andablo Hernandez, Sgt. Callahan observed bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person even while he was chewing gum.” Andablo Hernandez exited the vehicle and was very unsteady on his feet, using his vehicle for support. Andablo Hernandez was asked if he had been drinking alcohol today, and he acted as if he did not understand anything. According to the report, “Sgt. Callahan asked, “Cerveza?” and he replied, “No.” Deputy Robledo arrived and assisted.” Andablo Hernandez advised he had been drinking alcohol. Andablo Hernandez stated he did not wish to take any field sobriety tests. According to the report, “Deputy Robledo to ask him to give a sample of his breath and he blew a very small amount of air into the alco-sensor and displayed a reading of .230. Andablo Hernandez was placed under arrest for DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol. Andablo Hernandez stated to Deputy Robledo in Spanish that he would not give a state breath test at the Sheriff’s Office after being read implied consent notice. Deputies located an unopened box of 20 Bud Light bottle beers that were cold to the touch in the back seat of the vehicle. Andablo Hernandez was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with failure to yield at an intersection of roadway and DUI/alcohol less safe.