NWGA Scanner | January 15th, 2021

Tunnel Hill woman drives on the wrong side of the road in Dalton while DUI with 5-year-old in car

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on December 28th, 2020, Deputy R. Townsend was sitting stationary on North Glenwood Avenue, waiting to turn left onto the North Bypass. The deputy observed a dark-colored passenger car come up beside him to the left on North Glenwood. Deputy quickly realized the vehicle was facing North in the Southbound lanes of Glenwood Avenue. The deputy utilized his lights in an attempt to get the driver’s attention with no luck. The deputy activated his emergency lights and pulled in front of the vehicle to prevent other vehicles from traveling south onto Glenwood Avenue and avoid a crash from happening. The deputy made contact with the driver, later identified as Jaqueline Lopez, 21, of Tunnel Hill, who appeared confused and did not know exactly what was going on. When the deputy requested her driver’s license, she advised that she had just gotten pulled over by Dalton PD earlier and produced a warning. The deputy again asked for her driver’s license and observed her fumbling through her wallet and having difficulty with locating her license in her wallet. The deputy reported she was not fully completing her sentences or making much sense while she was speaking with him. The deputy also observed a young child in the back seat, which she advised was her 5-year-old little sister. Sgt. Pierce arrived on the scene and began speaking with the Lopez. Both Sgt. Pierce and Deputy Townsend believed Lopez to be under the influence. Sgt. Pierce conducted field sobriety due to his training and experience. Lopez was reported as having severe Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus and was unable to keep her head completely still. Mrs. Lopez also was unable to maintain her positioning or balance during the walk and turn the instructional stage. Lopez completed 30 improper steps and was also unable to main balance or the proper height of her foot during the one-leg stand. Lopez was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence. The deputy then read Lopez Georgia’s Implied Consent Notice for Subjects age 21 or over, for Blood, Breath, and Urine, to which she agreed. While at the Whitfield County Jail, Lopez’s BrAC from the State Administered Test resulted in a BrAC of 0.246. Lopez was charged for DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol .08 grams or more on citation number, DUI-child endangerment, and failure to maintain lane.