NWGA Scanner | April 2nd, 2021

Dalton woman charged with DUI child endangerment after passing out behind the wheel with small children inside

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on March 18th, 2021, at around 4:13 PM, deputies were dispatched to 1704 Cleveland Highway The Fast Lane. Employees were worried about a female passed out in her truck with it running along with two small children inside. The employees thought she was intoxicated and would drive off. When Deputy Henderson arrived, he saw employees pointing towards the truck. The deputy approached the driver’s side window and observed a female passed out. She had orange cake all over and on her face. The deputy shut the vehicle off and could smell marijuana emitting from the truck. There were two small juveniles in the front seat of the truck trying to wake the female up. Lt Martinez arrived and was able to get the female to wake up. The female was identified by her concealed carry permit as Denise Rose Rodriguez, 38, of Dalton. EMTs checked Rodriguez to ensure she was fine. Rodriguez was having a hard time finding someone to come get her the kids up. An employee stated that he watched the female pulled up in front of their shop and stop. He said she sat there and started stuffing cake into her mouth. He then said she passed out at the wheel with the truck still in gear. Rodriguez refused to go to the hospital to be checked out. When asked why she was passed out in her truck, she stated she had been working a lot here lately and that she drove to the tire store to see about getting some tires put on. Rodriguez showed several clues of impairment during field sobriety testing. Rodriguez refused the state testing for blood. Rodriguez was transported to the Whitfield County Jail with DUI Drugs less safe and DUI child endangerment x2.