NWGA Scanner | November 23rd, 2022
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On November 5th, 2022, at around 11:58 PM, Officer Castillo responded to a call about a person that appeared to be unconscious behind the wheel of the vehicle at Thornton Avenue and West Walnut Avenue. Officer Castillo reported, “Due to the potential danger of the driver waking up and driving into the active intersection, [I] parked my marked patrol SUV in front of the driver’s 2022 Audi Q5 to prevent the vehicle from going into the intersection. [I] activated my blue emergency lights and got out. Around this time, EMS was also arriving on the scene due to the caller thinking the driver might not be breathing. As [I] got closer, [I] could see the driver and recognized her several from previous calls.” The driver was identified as Laura Ann Silva, 33, of Dalton. Officers had also gotten a call earlier this date about her drinking heavily at her job at Fuji Steakhouse and someone there being worried about her driving drunk after work. Officer Jenkins had responded to that call. Laura had been told on that call not to be driving since she had been drinking. An EMS was able to open the front driver’s side door and began to shake Laura. Officers could see a large Jack Daniel’s bottle in between her legs that were halfway empty. Officer Castillo went inside to turn off the vehicle and put the vehicle in park. Officer Castillo reported, “As Laura spoke, [I] could detect the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath. Once outside, Laura begged me in Spanish not to do this to her. [I] asked her what she meant. Laura again said that she had only fallen asleep.” During field sobriety testing, Laura showed several signs of impairment. During the Alco-Sensor test, Laura tried flirting with the officer about blowing into the test tube. She ultimately refused the test. Laura was then placed under arrest for DUI, driving under the influence of alcohol. After placing Laura under arrest, she began begging the officer to let her go. Officer Castillo reported, “Laura then said that she would pay me to let her go. Laura’s first bribe offer was $3,000.00 to let her go. After [I] did not take her first bribe, she then raised the amount to $10,000.00. [I] also declined this offer.” Officers found four open liquor bottles inside the vehicle. While on the way to the Whitfield County Jail, Laura became extremely irate and said that she wanted proof of her drinking. Laura was booked into the Whitfield County Jail and charged with DUI alcohol less safe 3rd offense, open container violation, open container violation (second offense), and improper stopping on the roadway. During one of her many alcohol related arrests, Laura was reported as highly intoxicated and obstructed officers during the DUI arrests.