NWGA Scanner | September 22nd, 2021

Dalton man charged with DUI again after 911 call regarding erratic driver in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on September 12th, 2021, at around 3:45 PM, Lt. Lowery was in the area of Cleveland Highway just south of Maple Grove Drive when dispatch gave out a bolo for a four-door white truck driving erratically and pulling into Big D’s Flea Market, doing donuts in the parking lot. According to the report, “Lt. Lowery saw the vehicle southbound and pulled out behind the truck. The truck immediately changed into the left lane, weaving while doing so. There were also no working brake lights on the rear of the truck and no working signal when he changed lanes in front of another passenger vehicle. Lt. Lowery initiated a traffic stop.” The truck then immediately turned down East Broadacre Road and was driving in the center of the roadway. The truck then pulled onto Cousins Way to the left side of the roadway and coming to a stop. The driver, later identified as Jesus Perez Jr., 27, of Dalton, immediately opened his door and got out as though he was going to flee on foot. According to the report, “Lt. Lowery gave loud verbal commands for the male to stop and put up his hands. Perez would not stop dropping his right hand, and Deputy Pritchard assisted with getting his hands behind him and conducted a quick pat-down for weapons. Lt. Lowery went back to the truck after she could smell alcohol on the driver and turned the truck off. While doing so, since the driver’s side door was left open when the driver exited, Lt. Lowery could see an open container in the driver’s floorboard on the driver’s side. Some of the contents were spilled on the floor.” Deputy Pritchard conducted field sobriety. Lt. Lowery reported she knew by the way the male was unable to walk straight and unsteady on his feet that he would not be driving from the scene. While Deputy Pritchard and Deputy McClure were arresting Perez, he threw down a baggy with meth inside onto the ground. Deputy Pritchard also located a glass smoking device inside the vehicle, and it was field-tested the same way as the crystal, and it also showed a positive field test for methamphetamine. Perez was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with possession of meth, possession and use of drug-related objects, DUI (multiple substances), open container violation, improper lane change or usage, no operating brake lights or signal devices, failure to maintain lane and to drive with a suspended or revoked license. Perez According to arrest reports, in March Perez, was charged by the Murray County Sheriff’s Office with DUI, open container violation, driving an unsafe/improperly equipped vehicle, and a brake light requirements violation.