NWGA Scanner | May 21st, 2022
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On May 5th, 2022, 4:24 PM, Officer J. Allen was operating lidar speed detection in the area of East Park Street on North Glenwood Avenue. Officer Allen reported, “[I] observed a red F-150 traveling at a high rate of speed traveling north on North Glenwood Avenue approaching me. Using my department-issued lidar [I] confirmed that the vehicle was speeding 54 mph in a 35 mph. [I] conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle with the final stop location in the McDonald’s parking lot on North Glenwood Avenue. The officer made contact with the driver, Justin Joseph Gembe, 17, of Dalton. While speaking with Justin, the officer noticed that his eyes were red, bloodshot, and droopy. He was very lethargic when answering his questions. Justin stated that he was going to work. The officer issued Justin a ticket for the speeding and made contact with him again. The officer stood closer and could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. Officer Allen reported, “[I] also noticed a blue can in the driver’s side door. [I] asked Justin what he had been drinking, and he stated nothing. [I] then asked if [I] could pick the can up, and he stated yes. Once [I] picked the can up, [I] realized it was a cayman jack margarita. At this time, [I] asked Justin to exit the vehicle. [I] asked if he would conduct field sobriety, and he stated yes.” During field sobriety tests, Justin showed several signs of alcohol impairment and showed a BAC of .103 on a PBT. Justin was placed under arrest for DUI and transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where a BAC of .113 on the state test. Justin was charged with DUI over .02 under 21, speeding, and underage consumption. According to arrest records, Justin was arrested in February by the GSP for DUI under 21, open container violation, and failure to maintain a lane.