NWGA Scanner | May 11th, 2022

Dalton man found in possession of meth during DUI traffic stop for failing to maintain lane on Abutment Road

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On May 1st, 2022, at 2:08 AM, Officer Walker was traveling south on Abutment Road when he noticed a vehicle failing to maintain its lane of travel, crossing the center double yellow lines in the roadway. Officer Walker reported, “[I] got closer to the vehicle and turned on my in-car camera. [I] captured the vehicle failing to maintain its lane of travel by crossing the center double yellow lines. The vehicle was actively driving on top of the center yellow lines as it continued to travel south. The vehicle then merges into the left-hand lane when [I] get closer to it. [I] could tell it was going to turn into the apartments at Sir Lancelot Pl.” The officer then initiated a traffic stop and could smell the strong and distinct odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle as he exited his patrol car. The officer reported that the odor was so strong it appeared as if the driver had just finished smoking marijuana in the vehicle. The officer made contact with the driver Carl Ray Pittman, 43, of Dalton, and informed him of the reason for the traffic stop. The officer noticed that Carl’s hands were shaking badly, and he appeared visibly nervous. He was also sweating profusely from his forehead. As the officer spoke with Carl, he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage (beer) coming from inside the vehicle. According to the report, When asked, Carl admitted to smoking marijuana prior to driving. He then advised he had only consumed two beers at a baby shower earlier in the evening. Sgt. Parker then arrived on the scene and assisted with the traffic stop. During field sobriety tests, Carl showed several signs of impairment. Carl was then placed under arrest for DUI and refused to take the state test. During a search of the vehicle officer located meth inside. Officer Walker reported, “[I] asked Carl about the suspected methamphetamine, and Carl stated that his friend borrowed his car and must have left it in there on the previous date.” Carl was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with possession of meth, DUI drugs, and failure to maintain a lane.