NWGA Scanner | September 14th, 2021
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on August 8th, 2021, Officer Black was patrolling the area of Shugart Road and Chattanooga Road. According to the report, “A BOLO was sent out by dispatch advising units of a white Volkswagon Jetta that was swerving all over the roadway on I-75 south. Dispatch advised units that the vehicle exited I-75 at exit 336 on the southbound ramp.” The officer began patrolling the area of Chattanooga Road and I-75. Officer Black reported, “While patrolling the area, [I] observed a white Volkswagon pull out of the Marathon gas station located at 2201 Chattanooga Road and travel south on Chattanooga Road. After seeing the vehicle that matched the description given by dispatch, [I] turned my car around and caught up to the white Volkswagon just west of Chattanooga Road at Shugart Road. Once behind the vehicle, [I] observed the vehicle slow down well before the intersection. The traffic light turned green at that intersection, and [I] then observed the vehicle speed up and slowly moved to the right side of the middle lane. [I] observed the vehicle’s front and rear right side tires ride on the dotted white line on the right side of the middle lane. [I] observed the vehicle cross the dotted white line and go into the outside lane while in the curve. I observed the left front and rear tire still in the middle lane while a majority of the vehicle was in the outside lane. The vehicle was coming up on the hospital access road at this point. [I] observed the vehicle struck a concrete divider in the intersection.” The vehicle then swerved backed. The officer then decided to conduct a traffic stop. The officer exited his patrol car and made contact with the driver, later identified as Tate Butler Wilke, 44, of Signal Mountain, Tennessee. The officer observed Tate inside of the vehicle making slow movements and attempting to grab something to his right. Officer Black reported, “The male had his window rolled up and was looking away from me. [I] knocked on the window and observed the male look at me. The male began to open the driver’s side door. [I] pushed the door shut and instructed the male to roll down his window. The male rolled down his window, and I immediately smelled an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle.” The officer asked Tate if he had anything to drink tonight, and he stated, “Yeah”. When Tate stepped out of the vehicle, he was observed immediately losing balance. Tate began to stumble towards the roadway so the officer supported him with his right arm, so he did not fall into the roadway. Tate stated he was coming from Chattanooga and stated he was going to Chattanooga. When asked how he was coming and going to the same place, Tate responded with, “well, I was uh yeah yeah.”. When asked how much he had to drink, Tate stated probably about 4 or 5 drinks. When asked if he would perform field soberly test, Tate stated, ” there’s no point.” According to the report, Tate then stated after a pause in the conversation,” I’m not going to give you any trouble. I’ve had too much to drink”. Officer Kapur arrived on the scene and placed him under arrest for DUI. Tate stated he did not wish to provide a breath sample on the state test. Tate was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with DUI less safe and failure to maintain lane.