NWGA Scanner | November 18th, 2022

Father arrested for child endangerment after driving drunk all over the roadway with his kids in Dalton

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On November 5th, 2022, at 8:00 PM, Corporal Langham stopped a GMC Yukon after observing the driver, later identified as Dustin Lee Taylor, 30, of Dalton, failing to maintain a single lane on Cedar Ridge Road and GA-52. Corporal Langham also reported that the Taylor got up to 70 mph in a 55 mph zone. I activated blue lights on my patrol car to make a traffic stop on the Yukon. Corporal Langham reported, “The Yukon then came to a complete stop in the northbound lane of Coahulla Creek Drive. [I] approached the Yukon on the driver’s side and contacted the driver. [I] asked Mr. Taylor if he had anything to drink today, and Mr. Taylor stated, “No”. [I] explained to Mr. Taylor the location where he ran off the road on Cedar Ridge Road. While interacting with Mr. Taylor, [I] noticed that Mr. Taylor’s speech was slow and mumbled. [I] also noticed that Mr. Taylor’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy and there were two small children in the backseat watching a movie. [I] detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from Mr. Taylor’s breath. Mr. Taylor was slow in exiting his vehicle and Mr. Taylor advised that he had a steel rod in his leg and has trouble walking. [I] asked Mr. Taylor; you haven’t had anything to drink, and Mr. Taylor stated, “unh-uh”. [I] then asked Mr. Taylor, what was the alcohol smell. [I] then asked Mr. Taylor was he disagreeing with me. Mr. Taylor stated, “Yep, because I haven’t.” Mr. Taylor was swaying while he was talking to me. [I] asked Mr. Taylor did he mind blowing into a box since he had been drinking. Mr. Taylor stated,” No, I don’t want to”. Mr. Taylor advised that he was in law enforcement as well.” Taylor advised that he was taking food to his wife at the hospital. Taylor advised his kids were both 5 and 2 years of age. While checking on his kids, Taylor became angry and advised Corporal Langham he did not give him consent to search his vehicle. Corporal Langham advised Taylor that he did not search his vehicle and he had the right to check on his kids because of their age. After further conversation, Taylor then advised that he only had two beers. Taylor refused all field sobriety testing and was then placed under arrest for DUI. Taylor’s mother-in-law came and got the kids. Taylor was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of .264 on the state test. Taylor was charged with failure to maintain lane, DUI, and endangering a child under 14 while DUI x2.