NWGA Scanner | February 17th, 2021
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on February 2nd, 2021, Officer Mefford was sitting on East Walnut Avenue running radar. Officer Mefford stopped a vehicle traveling 64 mph in a 45 mph zone. The officer observed the vehicle swerve several times from the left lane of travel into the center lane. The officer made contact with the driver, identified as Brandan Hickman, 21 of Dalton. Officer Mefford reported, “[I] could detect a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. [I] also noticed that his eyes were extremely red and glassy.” The officer asked Brandan if he had been smoking marijuana. He answered that he had. The officer determined that he may be under the influence of marijuana asked Brandan to perform standardized field sobriety to see if he was safe to drive. Brandan showed several clues of impairment. Due to Brandan’s driving and his performance during the test, he was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of drugs. During a search of his vehicle, officers located multiple glass bongs with marijuana residue and multiple containers with marijuana residue. Brandan was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with DUI-drugs less safe, speeding, and weaving across the roadway.