NWGA Scanner | September 13th, 2021

Dalton man charged with DUI, possession of cocaine after leaving bar and failing to maintain lane

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on August 5th, 2021, at around 2:14 AM, Officer Kapur was traveling eastbound on West Walnut Avenue when he observed a black Dodge Ram make a right-hand turn from Market Street and travel eastbound. The vehicle accelerated rapidly as it traveled eastbound. The officer maintained a distance and observed the vehicle’s behavior. Officer Kapur reported, “[I] observed the vehicle swerve within its lane several times but not cross the line. As we approached the intersection of Lakeshore Drive, the vehicle failed to maintain its lane and crossed the center line into the center turn lane. As [I] passed the vehicle, it abruptly swerved behind me into the other lane and then corrected into the outside lane. [I] then initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at Brown Street.” The officer made contact with the driver, identified as Perry Joseph Williams, 55, Dalton. According to the report, As the officer began to speak with Williams, he reported his speech was very slurred, his eyes were glassy, and he smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage. Officer Kapur reported, “[I] advised Williams that he was having trouble maintaining his lane, and he stated “Yeah.” [I] asked Williams if he had come from the Oyster Pub on Market Street. He stated yes. [I] asked Williams if he had too much to drink. He stated, “I had a couple of shots.” Officer Johnson arrived on the scene to assist with the DUI traffic stop. Williams was asked if he would perform field sobriety testing. According to the report, At first, Williams said that he “Wasn’t good to do tests.” Williams eventually stated he would. During field sobriety testing Williams showed signs of impairment and was placed under arrest for DUI. According to the report, A search incident to arrest a white powder substance (cocaine) was located in Williams’s right front pocket. Williams advised that it was “Powder.” Williams refused state-administered testing. Williams was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with possession of cocaine, DUI alcohol less safe, and failure to maintain lane.