NWGA Scanner | March 5th, 2021

Dalton man found DUI after failing to maintain lane in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on February 28th, 2021, at approximately 2:17 AM, Deputies Pack and Hammontree were on routine patrol on Airport Road near the South Bypass. A deputy observed a black Honda Accord failing to maintain a lane. It appeared as if the Honda was going to drive into Sgt. Pierce’s patrol vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. The driver of the Honda Accord, later identified as Daniel Beltran, 28, of Dalton, then got back into the inside lane of travel and continued to fail to drive within a single lane of travel. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on Airport Road at West Avenue. The deputy noticed that Beltran had something in his mouth and was actively chewing it. Based on the deputy’s knowledge and experience, he knew that this was often a tactic used by individuals to cover up an odor or to destroy evidence. Beltran stated that he was coming from a friend’s house where they had just watched a fight. When the deputy asked Beltran how much alcohol he had consumed, he responded by saying, not much. When asked for clarification on the amount of alcohol he had consumed, Beltran admitted to drinking a few shots of vodka. Beltran was asked to step out of the vehicle. Once outside, the deputy began to detect the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person and noticed his speech was slurred when he spoke. He informed the deputy that he believed he was safe to drive and agreed to perform field sobriety testing. Beltran showed several clues of impairment and while reciting the alphabet and said, “C, D, damn.” He informed the deputy that he was never that good of a student and only did the bare minimum in school. He advised that even if he began with the letter A, he would not be able to recite it. The deputy placed him under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. Beltran agreed to the Georgia Implied Consent Notice for Suspects age 21 or over. During the search of the vehicle, an open bottle of Mr. Boston vodka was located in the back floorboard. The seal was broken, and approximately half of the bottle was missing. Beltran was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he gave two breath samples. The lowest reading was 0.175. Beltran was charged with failure to maintain lane, DUI, 0.08 grams or more, and Open Container.