NWGA Scanner | October 1st, 2021

Man charged with DUI after 911 call from concerned citizen in Dalton

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on September 18th, 2021, at 10:14 PM, Whitfield County dispatch provided a BOLO in the area of 5th Avenue and May Street. According to the report, “The caller was linked up through the language line and advised that a silver Ford Focus was driving erratic with two male subjects inside of the vehicle. The caller stated that the driver of the vehicle might be under the influence of alcohol.” Officer Walker was nearby and attempted to locate the vehicle. As the officer approached the intersection, the caller advised that the driver, later identified as Osman Rene Lopez-Angelino, 29, of Dalton, was standing outside of the Ford Focus near the gas station. The silver Ford Focus parked on the grassy area adjacent to the intersection. Officer Walker reported, “[I] parked my patrol car behind the silver ford focus Texas tag and approached the two males standing beside the vehicle. Both males were standing outside of the vehicle, and both were holding an opened Michelob Ultra beer in their hands. Osman stated that he was the person driving the vehicle. The other male did not say anything. Once Osman said this, [I] activated my in-car camera to record this conversation. I then asked again if Osman was the person driving this vehicle, and he stated that he was. [I] asked how many beers he had consumed on this date, and he stated he had consumed two or three beers. As [I] spoke with Osman, [I] could detect the clear and distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person. Osman’s eyes were red, glassy, and appeared slightly closed when [I] spoke with him. [I] also noticed he was swaying on his feet when [I] spoke with him.” Osman stated he was driving from Atlanta and stated he had been driving around the area. Sgt. Houck and Officer Black arrived on the scene to assist with the DUI investigation. According to the report, Sgt. Houck found two open containers of Heineken beers in the cupholder. During field sobriety tests, Osman showed several clues of impairment. Officer Walker reported, “[I] then asked if Osman would provide a breath sample in my portable Alco-Sensor. He stated that he would but would not follow my instructions. Osman would suck in instead of blowing out. Osman provided a small burst of breath, and my alco-sensor gave a positive reading for alcohol being present on his breath with a reading of .135 BrAC. Osman also stated that he was a citizen of Honduras. Osman was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he could not perform the state breath test. According to the report, He would not follow instructions and would not provide a breath sample. According to the report, Officer Walker attempted to ask Osman if he wished for him to contact the Honduran consulate, but he started to become very mad, swearing at the officer in Spanish and would not answer.