NWGA Scanner | May 26th, 2022
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On May 8th, 2022, at 2:23 AM, Officer Castillo was parked across the street from Morris Street and Spencer Street when he observed a truck in the parking lot of Casa De Cafe laying drag in the parking lot. Officer Castillo reported, “The truck was kicking up so many rocks that [I could hear them hitting the metal fence and saw a cloud of dust forming. The truck laying drag appeared to be a Toyota Tacoma.” The officer then observed the truck pull out of the parking lot very recklessly. The truck turned south onto Spencer Street and had to abruptly stop in order to avoid slamming into a vehicle that stopped at the stop sign. Officer Castillo reported, “[I] heard the vehicle’s tires squeal from braking hard. Due to the reckless way the vehicle had pulled out of the parking lot and almost hit the vehicle in front of them, [I] decided to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle.” The vehicle pulled over in front of Helton Tire shop on Glenwood just past fort hill drive. The officer reported that he could see that the driver, later identified as Yair Ortiz, 19, of Dalton, had what appeared to be vomit on his forehead. Officer Castillo reported, “[I] could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. [I] also noticed that the driver’s eyes were extremely red and glassy. [I] had the driver step out of the vehicle and saw more vomit on the driver’s waist and knee area of his pants. [I] asked the driver how much he had to drink. The driver said that he only had “one beer”. The driver was unsteady on his feet and leaned up against the truck to keep him from swaying. [I] explained to the driver why he had been stopped. When the driver spoke, his speech was slurred. When the driver reached the rear of the vehicle, [I] again detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s mouth area. During field sobriety tests, Ortiz showed several signs of impairment and showed a BAC of .142 on a PBT. Ortiz was placed under arrest for DUI and advised he had drank two beers. Ortiz agreed to the state test and showed a BAC of .147 at the Whitfield County Jail. Ortiz was charged with laying drag, failure to stop at a stop sign, and DUI under 21.