NWGA Scanner | January 4th, 2022

Dalton woman arrested for DUI after 911 call from concerned citizen regarding reckless driver

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on Christmas Day, December 25th, 2021, at around 1:44 AM, Officer Hill was patrolling the area of downtown Dalton when he heard a “Be on the lookout” (BOLO) given about a white Cadillac traveling eastbound on West Walnut Avenue. The caller stated that the Cadillac had its headlights off and was weaving all over the roadway. The officer responded to the area and located the vehicle failing to lane on North Thornton Avenue and North Glenwood Avenue. The officer conducted a traffic stop on East Hawthorne Street. The officer then made contact with the driver, later identified as Vanessa Elaine Vaughn 43, of Dalton. Officer Hill reported, “Vaughn seemed distraught and immediately started saying that she was very upset from work. While doing so, she attempted to hand me a rewards card for a retail store ( possibly Beall’s). [I] identified myself and asked Vaughn what happened at work. Vaughn stated that she works at the Oyster Pub (933 Market Street) and was there tonight but was off from work.” Vaughn stated that she got into an argument with a co-worker and ended up being physical because of how she was acting. Vaughn stated that her employer made her leave because of this. Officer Hill reported, “As Vaughn stepped to the back of her vehicle, [I] noticed that she used it for support the entire time. She leaned on the vehicle as she was walking to the back. When Vaughn got to the trunk, she leaned up against it. [I] asked Vaughn to step forward a couple of steps so that she would not be leaning against it. While standing, [I] noticed that Vaughn was swaying back and forth. While speaking to Vaughn, [I] could smell the distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her person. Vaughn stated that she had a 20 oz. alcoholic beverage containing Jameson whiskey and some other type of beverage while she was at the pub.” During field sobriety tests, Vaughn showed several signs of alcohol impairment and tested positive for alcohol with a BrAC of 0.081 grams. Vaughn then refused the state-administered chemical test of her blood.
Vaughn was then transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where she was charged with DUI – alcohol less safe and weaving over the roadway. According to the report, The concerned citizen advised the officer that Vaughn came out of Market Street at a rather high rate of speed with her headlights off. He stated that Vaughn then began to swerve all over Walnut Ave and, at one point, struck the raised lane divider curb in the center of Walnut Ave.