NWGA Scanner | June 2nd, 2021

Dalton woman arrested for DUI after 911 call from concerned citizen in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on May 22nd, 2021, at around 10:43 PM, deputies were dispatched to the area of Waring Road near Haigmill Road in reference to a reckless driver. Whitfield dispatch advised the caller was following the vehicle, which was failing to maintain its lane by swerving on the roadway. The caller also advised the vehicle had struck a mailbox at 2132 Waring Road. Varnell Officer Small located the vehicle and found the driver, later identified as Laura Garcia-Alvarez, 31, of Dalton, in the driver’s seat asleep. According to the report, “Deputies arrived on scene and woke Ms. Garcia-Alvarez. Ms. Garcia-Alvarez stated she was driving from her house located on Stinnett Dr to 1669 Stinnett Dr to pick up her brother from the residence. While speaking to Ms. Garcia-Alvarez, the odor of an alcoholic beverage could be smelled coming from inside the vehicle. Deputy Crosby asked if she had consumed any alcoholic beverages this evening, and she stated no. Ms. Garcia-Alvarez’s speech was slurred, and her eyes were watery.” Ms. Garcia-Alvarez was dressed in a short skirt and high heeled boots. She advised she had obtained a baby sitter for the night and was going to “go out.” Deputy Crosby asked if she would perform the standardized field sobriety tests, and she stated she was not going to do them. According to the report, “The passenger side of the vehicle had a white scrape mark starting at the front quarter panel and extending behind the side view mirror. The side-view mirror was also cracked. When asked where the damage came from, Ms. Garcia-Alvarez stated she had hit her mother’s vehicle.” Garcia-Alvarez stated she would have stopped if she had remembered hitting a mailbox. Garcia-Alvarez then stated again she did not want Deputies to perform any field sobriety tests. Garcia-Alvarez mentioned that she went to the Fiesta restaurant but denied consuming any alcoholic beverages. She informed deputies that she was the only one driving her vehicle and denied being impaired. The caller and witness came to the scene and showed a video of the vehicle failing to drive within a single lane of travel on Waring Road. He stated that he followed the vehicle to the end of Stinnett Drive, and someone jumped out of the driver’s seat. He saw something in the driver’s hand and thought it might be a gun, so he backed out of the driveway quickly. Garcia-Alvarez was placed under arrest and read the implied consent notice for a state-administered breath test. Garcia-Alvarez refused the test and was then transported to Whitfield County Jail charged with DUI- driving under the influence alcohol less safe and failure to notify the owner upon striking a fixture.