NWGA Scanner | July 7th, 2022

Dalton woman arrested for DUI after leaving bar and driving all over the roadway

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On June 25th, 2022, at 3:17 AM, Officer Walker stopped a Lincoln passenger car for failing to maintain its lane of travel on East Morris Street. The officer observed the vehicle drift left over the double yellow center lines in the roadway, and the driver jerked the vehicle back to the appropriate lane of travel. Officer Walker then made contact with the driver, later identified as Imelda Fraire, 30, of Dalton. Officer Walker reported, “[I] could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside of the vehicle before the driver started speaking. [I] asked the driver if there was any reason she failed to maintain her lane of travel and why she jerked the car back into her lane. She stated that she was okay to drive. This seemed like an odd response to my question. [I] noticed that her eyes were glassy, red, and droopy. [I] believed she was under the influence of alcohol. [I] asked her where she was coming from because [I] noticed a wrist band on her arm. [I] asked how much alcohol she had consumed there, and she stated she had not consumed any alcohol. [I] asked her about the wrist band on her arm. She stated that it was from the bar Tenoch. [I] asked her how much she had drunk at Tenoch, and she stated she had not consumed any alcohol there either. The more Imelda spoke, the more [I] could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath. The smell appeared to get stronger the more she spoke.” Officer Herrera then arrived on the scene to assist. When asked if she would perform field sobriety testing, she kept saying she was okay and fine. She stated she would not be performing any testing. Officer Walker reported, “At this point in the traffic stop, [I] believed she was under the influence of alcohol and was not able to safely operate her vehicle. [I] could smell the strong and distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath when Imelda was outside of the vehicle. [I] could smell this odor from standing approximately 3-4 feet from her. As she spoke, she consistently had slow and slurred speech. She was also slightly unsteady on her feet and appeared to be using her vehicle at times to keep her balance. [I] told her she showed several signs of impairment, but she stated she had not been drinking.” Imelda was then placed under arrest for DUI, and she refused the state test. Imelda was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with DUI, and failing to maintain a single lane. Officer Walker completed an administrative license suspension form and will be sending her license to the department of driver’s services. Imelda refused to sign the administrative license suspension form.