NWGA Scanner | May 22nd, 2022
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On May 10th, 2022, at 12:02 AM, Officer D. Jones was sitting in a parking lot on the corner of North Elm Street and Underwood Street when he observed a Nissan Titan run off the roadway, onto the curb, and then back onto the roadway. The officer made contact with the driver, identified as Kevin Nahun Palacios, 17, of Rossville. Officer Jones reported, “[I] could immediately smell the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Based on my knowledge, training, and experience in law enforcement [I] knew the odor to be marijuana. Kevin stated he knew why he was being stopped when [I] asked him. [I] asked when he had last smoked marijuana, and he said around 5:00 PM, on May 9th, 2022. Based on previous traffic stops, [I] felt that Kevin was not being truthful and that they had just smoked or that there was still marijuana in the vehicle. Kevin also admitted to drinking alcohol and having alcohol in the vehicle. Palacios provided his Georgia driver’s license, which was a class “CP” (learner’s permit). He did not have anyone with a class C or better license with him in the vehicle. [I] requested Officer Selby, who is trained in drug recognition, to come to speak with Palacios to determine if he was actually driving while impaired. During field sobriety examinations, Palacios showed several signs of impairment and a BAC of .024 on a PBT. Officers observed three empty twelve-ounce green Dos Equis bottles in the vehicle along with four packs of unopened Cigarillos (commonly used to ingest marijuana), two beer caps for Dos Equis bottles (one in the center console floorboard, one on the passenger’s side floorboard), and opened and empty container of “Game” blue cigarillos, and a small baggie of suspected marijuana (wedged between the passenger’s seat and the middle console). Palacios was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with failure to maintain lane, open alcohol container, violation of the instructional license, and DUI.