NWGA Scanner | November 7th, 2022

Tunnel Hill man arrested for DUI after refusing to leave Wendy’s drive-through in Dalton

According to the Dalton Police Department incident report, On October 15th, 2022, Officer walker and Officer Black responded to 1140 North Glenwood Avenue, Wendy’s restaurant, regarding a subject, later identified as Christopher James Cunningham, 22, Tunnel Hill, sitting in the driver seat of a vehicle that was at the drive-through window. The 911 caller advised Christopher was refusing to leave. The caller also stated Christopher was extremely intoxicated. Officer Black reported, “[I] made contact with the vehicle that was parked at the drive-through window of Wendy’s. [I] got out of my vehicle and approached Christopher on the passenger side due to the limited space between the vehicle and the building on the driver’s side. [I] looked inside the vehicle, and while [I] knocked on the window, [I] noticed Christopher leaning forward in the driver seat with his head hanging down and his eyes closed. Christopher then looked up, and he looked at me, then slowly motioned to roll the window down. Christopher rolled the window down and [I] asked him if he could turn the car off. Christopher stated no and asked who [I] was. [I] advised the male that [I] was Officer Black with the Dalton Police Department and asked him to turn his car off again and step outside of the vehicle.” Christopher refused and rolled up the window on the officer. Officers were eventually able to get Christopher out of the vehicle. Officers noticed several signs of impairment from Christopher and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his mouth. When asked if he had anything to drink before driving, Christopher advised he only had a “couple of beers.” When asked if he would do field sobriety testing, Christopher refused any field sobriety testing. Christopher was placed under arrest for DUI and refused the state test. Christopher was transported to the Whitfield County Jail and charged with DUI. As with any DUI arrest, Officer Black completed an ALS form and seized Christopher’s Georgia driver’s license, which was sent to DDS to be suspended.