NWGA Scanner | September 14th, 2021

Dalton man charged with DUI after passing out drunk and falling out of vehicle

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on September 6th, 2021, at around 12:15 AM, Officer Selby was dispatched to 702 Hampton Ct in reference to a male who lost consciousness and fell in the parking lot. According to the report, While en route they advised the officer they were unsure if the male was breathing or not.
The officer was flagged down by a female caller who witnessed the man passed out. She then pointed in between two vehicles to where the male was. She stated that she thought the man was just very drunk. Officer Selby reported, “[I] then turned the corner of the gray 2021 Dodge Ram 1500 and observed Douglas Rex Emmons, 55, of Dalton lying on the ground holding a cracker barrel plastic bag full of empty beer cans. [I] also observed Douglas be holding a pair of car keys. [I] could immediately detect a strong odor of alcohol coming from the area [I] was walking into. [I] then asked if he was all right, and he said, “Yeah, I’m okay”. In the three words Douglas said to me, [I] could detect his speech was slurred heavily. [I] could see he was bleeding from his left elbow as [I] assume it occurred from his fall. Due to Douglas saying he was okay and believing he was just heavily intoxicated, [I] decided to cancel fire and EMS.” The officer asked what he was trying to do and his speech was so slurred the officer couldn’t even understand him except for when he pointed to door #3. Douglas advised he was going to #3. Officer Selby reported, “[I] then asked Douglas what happened to him, and he said “Too much to drink”. [I] then asked if he was drinking outside, and he said he was drinking in the truck. Again, his speech was incredibly slurred.” The female in room #3 stated that Douglas was her guy, and he just walked from the liquor store nearby. She then said that they both were drinking in the truck with it on for the air conditioning. The officer then went over to Douglas and asked his name. His response was so difficult to understand that the officer ran his tag to get his name instead. That is when the officer realized his tag was to a rental company.
Officer Black advised that the caller observed Douglas turn off the truck and fall out of the truck, and that is when she called 911. Officers observed several empty beer cans in the vehicle and a cell phone on the floorboard of the driver’s side. Officer Selby reported, “[I] then went to Douglas and asked him if he was okay, which he said he was. Due to the totality of circumstances that involve Douglas being in control of a motor vehicle regardless of it is moving or not. Among the odor of alcohol coming from Douglas, empty beer cans in his possession, and Douglas’ admittance of drinking too much [I] decided there was more than enough probable cause to arrest for DUI.” According to the report, It took Douglas approximately 25 seconds to stand up from the ground due to the level of intoxication. Douglas was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of .242 on the state test.