NWGA Scanner | January 6th, 2022
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on Christmas Day, December 25th, 2021, at approximately 2:00 AM, Officer Cook was traveling southbound on Glenwood Avenue when he witnessed a maroon van traveling northbound fail to dim their headlights when approaching oncoming traffic. The officer got out with the vehicle when it pulled into the parking lot of 400 North Glenwood Avenue. Officer Cook reported, “[I] intended to only tell the driver to dim his headlights for oncoming traffic. When [I] approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, the driver, Rogelio Salinas, 49, of Dayton, Tennessee, stepped out and [I] immediately noticed that he was less stable standing up than a sober person would be. He was swaying slightly. [I] then caught the odor of alcohol coming from his breath as Salinas spoke to me. [I] asked Salinas how much he had to drink, he stated a little bit. [I] then asked him several more times to elaborate on the number of drinks he had, and he failed to give me an answer. When asked to produce a driver’s license, Salinas stated that he didn’t have one “Right now”. He presented a state identification through Tennessee. [I] asked Salinas why he didn’t have a driver’s license, and he stated that it was because of a previous DUI.” Officer Bell arrived on the scene and assisted with field sobriety testing. Salinas showed six out of six clues on the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test. Salinas showed several clues of alcohol impairment during the other tests and showed a BrAC of .154. Salinas was read implied consent and requested to give a sample of his blood. According to the report, He requested legal counsel and “Time to think about it”. Salinas was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with fail to dim headlights, license suspended or revoked, and DUI less safe.