NWGA Scanner | October 31st, 2022

Ringgold man arrested for DUI after being found stopped at green light on Walnut Avenue in Dalton

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on October 9th, 2022, at 2:22 AM, Officer Shope was patrolling East Walnut Avenue when he observed a silver Honda Accord stopped at a green light on Riverbend Road facing northbound. The officer observed another vehicle stop behind the Honda, honking its horn in an attempt to signal the driver to move. Officer Shope initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, Carlos Dejesus-Aponte, 42, of Ringgold. Officer Shope reported, “[I] could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. [I] also noticed that his eyes were extremely red and glassy. [I] explained to him why he had been stopped and asked him if there was any reason for his actions. He appeared to only speak Spanish, but when he responded, [I] noticed that his speech was mumbled. [I] then asked him how much he had been drinking. He answered that he had only consumed approximately one beer. [I] then asked him to step out of his vehicle and to the rear of the vehicle. When he did so, [I] observed that he was very uneasy on his feet. He appeared to have trouble maintaining his balance. [I] also noticed that there was vomit running down the driver-side door. When he reached the rear of his vehicle, [I] again detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person/mouth area. [I] also observed that his eyes were very red and glassy.” Carlos was placed under arrest for DUI and showed a BAC of .114 on a PBT. Carlos has transported him to the Whitfield County Jail charged with DUI – less safe on and impeding the free flow of traffic.