NWGA Scanner | April 19th, 2022
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On April 3rd, 2022, at 12:34 AM, Officer Selby was traveling south on North Glenwood Avenue approaching Gordon Street intersection. Officer Selby reported, “[I] observed the traffic signal had just changed to yellow for the lanes [I] was traveling in. While the traffic signal was yellow [I] observed a black Dodge Challenger run the red light. Because of this, [I] then conducted a U-turn and initiated a traffic stop using my emergency blue lights.” The officer then made contact with the driver, Brenda Maria Canales, 25, of Dalton, and could detect a strong odor of a fruity alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. Officer Selby reported, “[I] also noticed that Brenda was wearing a paper bracelet on her wrist, which is commonly used at bars to indicate who is over the age of 21. [I] asked Brenda if she was impatient with the traffic signal, and she said no. [I] informed her that she had just run the traffic signal, and she said she was sorry. When Brenda reached the rear of the vehicle, [I] again detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her person/mouth area. [I] then asked Brenda how much she had to drink tonight, and she said, “Nothing”. She then stated that she just gets nervous with cops. [I] asked why and she said it was because she used to be one herself. During field sobriety tests, Brenda showed several signs of impairment and was placed under arrest for DUI. Brenda was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where she showed a BAC of .195 grams. Brenda was charged with DUI and traffic signal violation.