NWGA Scanner | August 24th, 2022

LaFayette man arrested for DUI child endangerment after 911 call from concerned citizen in Dalton

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On August 11th, 2022, at 1:45 PM, Officer Black responded to the area of 1515 West Walnut Avenue regarding a concerned citizen stating a male subject, later identified as Michael Scott Freeman, 47, of LaFayette, was inside his vehicle drinking an alcoholic beverage. According to the report, “The 911 caller stated the male was in a white Dodge flatbed truck with a Georgia tag. The caller stated the male also had a small juvenile in the vehicle with him.” Officer Black arrived and found the unoccupied truck in front of Just Jump Jump Park in an attempt to locate the male that was seen inside the flatbed truck. According to the report, the officer located the man’s daughter, who confirmed Michael was driving the Dodge truck. Officer Black then made contact with Michael and advised him that they were there because a concerned citizen called, stating he was drinking an alcoholic beverage while inside his vehicle and had a child in the vehicle with him. Officer Black reported, “Michael stated the caller must have seen him drink a red bull because that is what he was drinking and that he only had one beer at longhorns prior to driving to the jump park. [I] asked him how long ago he was drinking at Longhorns, and he stated approximately 10 minutes ago. [I] asked Michael if he had driven to the location we were currently at after drinking alcohol at Longhorns, and he stated yes. While speaking with Michael, [I] noticed he had glossy eyes.” Officer Selby and Officer McNair arrived on the scene and assisted. Officers then observed an open Michelob Ultra beer can in the cup holder on the center console. The daughter of, Michael that the small juvenile was not with him while he was driving. Officer Selby watched surveillance video, which showed Michael driving to the jump park and park his vehicle, and then he observed his daughter get the juvenile out of the back seat of the truck. During field sobriety testing, Michael showed several signs of impairment before stopping. According to the report, “Michael stated he pleaded the fifth and wanted to call his lawyer, was not going to answer any more questions and refused to continue the testing.” Michael was then placed under arrest for DUI less safe and child endangerment. Officer Black reported, “While searching Michael, he turned his head to speak to a female subject on the scene, and when he did so, [I] smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Michael’s breath. ” Micheal refused the state test stating, “I want to talk to my lawyer”. Micheal was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with DUI less safe – alcohol, DUI – child endangerment, and open container.