NWGA Scanner | January 21st, 2021

LaFayette man charged with DUI after driving reckless through bar parking lot in Dalton

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on Thursday, January 14th, 2021, at around 1:30 AM, Officer Mefford, along with Lt. Bishop and Sgt. Saylors, who was a two-man unit, were patrolling the area of Market Street. Lt. Bishop reported, “We observed cars leaving out of the parking out of the Oyster Pub. The first couple of cars appeared to be driving at a high rate of speed. We then observed a dark-colored SUV driving even faster than the other two cars in front of him. Based on it being a parking lot and being at a location where there could be pedestrian traffic, the vehicle was reckless in nature due to its speed. The vehicle was going so fast if the light had not changed at Walnut, he would not have been able to stop. He turned to head east on Walnut, straddling the dotted line.” Based on the infractions Lt. Bishop initiated a traffic stop, stopping the vehicle in the parking lot of 1511 West Walnut. Lt. Bishop reported, “when asked if he knew why [I] stopped him he admitted that he did. He then admitted that he had been drinking and probably would not pass a breath test. The driver was identified as Koran Tirai Dyer, 29, of LaFayette. Officer Mefford could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person when he exited the vehicle. Sgt. Saylors performed horizontal gaze nystagmus and reported several clues of impairment. Officer Mefford performed the rest of the standardized field sobriety testing to see if he was safe to drive. Koran showed several clues and showed a breath alcohol content of .126 on an Alcohol-Sensor. Koran was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. Koran agreed to Georgia’s Implied Consent Notification. Officer also located a small bag of marijuana. Koran was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he gave a breath sample on the intox 9000 machine and showed a blood alcohol count (BA) of .109. Koran was cited for reckless driving and DUI, .08 grams or more.