NWGA Scanner | August 17th, 2021

Dalton teen driving on suspended license obstructs deputy after being stopped for window tint

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on August 13th, 2021, at approximately 4:35 PM, Deputy Pritchard observed a white Chrysler 300 traveling west on Eastbrook Road west of Coogler Road. According to the report, “Deputy Pritchard observed the vehicle’s front windows appeared to be darker than 32%. Deputy Pritchard conducted a traffic stop with the vehicle.” The deputy made contact with the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Angel Morales, 19, of Dalton. The deputy checked the front driver window with his department-issued window tint meter. The window tint meter measured the window tint at 15%. According to the report, “Deputy Pritchard asked Mr. Morales for his driver’s license. Mr. Morales responded, “I didn’t do anything illegal”. Deputy Pritchard again requested Mr. Morales’ license. Mr. Morales then stated he didn’t have his license and began reaching to the passenger side of the vehicle. Deputy Pritchard instructed Mr. Morales to exit the vehicle due to Mr. Morales seeming very nervous and reaching within the vehicle.” Morales refused to exit the vehicle and listen to any commands. Deputy Pritchard opened Morales’ driver’s door and instructed him again to exit the vehicle. According to the report, “Mr. Morales continued to refuse to exit the vehicle and requested to speak with a supervisor. Deputy Pritchard advised Sgt. Callahan that Mr. Morales wished to speak with him.” The deputy asked Morales for his name, but he refused to give the deputy his name several times. According to the report, “Deputy Pritchard had dispatch check the tag of the vehicle and dispatch advised the registered owner was Angel Morales. Dispatch checked Mr. Morales through GCIC. Dispatch advised Deputy Pritchard Mr. Morales’ Georgia driver’s license was suspended.” Deputy Pritchard then grabbed Morales by his left arm and assisted him out of the vehicle. According to the report, “No force was used while assisting Mr. Morales out of the vehicle.” Morales was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where Morales was able to speak with Sgt. Callahan. Morales was charged with window tint violation, driving while license suspended, and willful obstruction of law enforcement. According to arrest reports, Morales was arrested back in December of 2020 on felony charges after dragging another teen in October, seriously injuring the teen.