NWGA Scanner | April 14th, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on April 5th, 2021, at approximately 7:15 PM, a deputy was dispatched to a single-vehicle crash at the South Bypass and Airport Road. One of the callers stated that the driver appeared very intoxicated and was stumbling around. The caller took the driver’s key and held it until the deputy arrived on the scene. The caller advised that he was walking into the gas station when he heard the sound of metal scraping on concrete. He looked up to see a motorcycle that had run onto the concrete barrier between the Bypass and Airport Road. The motorcyclist, later identified as Steven Ray Ormes, 58, of Dalton, stated that he slipped on some gravel while turning and the brakes on the motorcycle locked up. The deputy observed the gravel was not in the lane of travel but was outside the fog line. The deputy could also smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage as he spoke to Ormes and noticed his eyes to be glossy and bloodshot. Ormes advised that he had consumed two beers earlier in the day. An opened and partially empty Bud Light bottle was seen next to Ormes motorcycle on the concrete barricade. He stated it had been in his pouch on his bike but that it was not opened. He advised that the ground must have opened the bottle. Ormes showed several clues of impairment during field sobriety tests. Ormes was read the Implied Consent Notice for 21 and older, and he consented to a blood test. Ormes was transported by EMS to Hamilton Medical Center for medical reasons. Ormes was also found in possession of some weed and a pipe. On Thursday, April 8th, 2021, Ormes was booked into the Whitfield County Jail on warrants for DUI less safe, failure to maintain lane, and driving without a license.