NWGA Scanner | April 17th, 2022

Dalton man drives drunk from bar and totals F-250 causing over $7,000 worth in property damage

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On March 19th, 2022, around 2:15 AM, Officer Kapur was parked stationary under the Waugh Street bridge in my marked patrol vehicle with the windows down. Officer Kapur reported, “As [I] was parked, [I] heard what sounded to be a vehicle crash in the area. [I] began to search the immediate area and relocated to the underside of the west side of the bridge. As [I] was traveling north on North Hamilton Street, [I] observed a silver Ford F-250 in the middle of the roadway on the median.” The officer was flagged down by multiple people in the roadway. The officer observed that the F-250 had heavy front-end damage and was completely totaled. The officer approached the F-250 and reported he could hear the engine revving and observed the F-250 attempting to back up even though it was totaled. The F-250 was able to move, and the tires were throwing mud. Officer Kapur reported, “As [I] did this, [I] observed a Hispanic male later identified as Hector Sanchez-Pimentel, 29, of Dalton, wearing a white t-shirt and jeans exit the driver side of the truck, stumble backward toward the bed and then attempt to run back toward Tenoch Bar located at 319 North Hamilton Street.” Sanchez was stopped by security at the bar. Sanchez attempted to pull away from security personnel at the bar. Officer Kapur reported, “As [I] placed Sanchez into handcuffs, [I] could smell the overwhelming odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person. Sanchez began to tell me that he was not driving. Sanchez’s speech was heavily slurred. [I] asked Sanchez how much he had to drink. Sanchez stated, “I had a little bit.” Sanchez then refused state-administered testing. Other officers on the scene discovered that Sanchez had struck a 25 mph speed limit sign and a metal light pole. Both objects were stuck completely under the truck. The reporting officer was later advised that Sanchez had caused approximately $7,000 worth of damage to property belonging to the City of Dalton. Multiple witnesses advised that they observed the truck leaving the parking lot of Tenoch Bar at a high rate of speed, spinning the tires. The witnesses observed the vehicle accelerate rapidly and lose control, crashing. Sanchez was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with DUI, laying drug or reckless conduct with an automobile, driving too fast for conditions, and failure to report an accident.