NWGA Scanner | May 2nd, 2022
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On April 17th, 2022, at 12:55 AM, Deputy Sharpe was in the student parking lot of Southeast High School. According to the report, “Deputy Sharpe observed a vehicle flash its light’s and honk its horn. Three vehicles took off at a high rate of speed, going southbound on the South Bypass. Deputy Sharpe advised Deputy Halpin over the radio that three vehicles were racing southbound on the bypass. Deputy Halpin observed the vehicle at the intersection of the South Bypass and Enterprise Drive.” Deputy Halpin was able to stop the red 2022 Ford Mustang with a Georgia tag being driven by Daniel Orellana, 19, of Dalton. Deputy Sharpe was able to stop a silver 2022 Chevrolet Corvette with a Georgia tag that was being driven by Rigoberto Ruiz, 20, of Clarksville, TN. A white 2022 Ford Mustang with Georgia tag “IMSORRY” took off from deputies and failed to stop. The white Mustang was reported as being operated by Jesus Weckman, 20, of Dalton. Deputies placed Ruiz and Orellana into handcuffs. According to the report, “Mr. Ruiz stated that the two other vehicles were racing and that he was not racing. Mr. Orellana stated that Mr. Weckman and the silver corvette were racing and that he just happened to be cruising behind them. Deputy Sharpe transported Ruiz, and Deputy Halpin transported Orellana to the Whitfield County Jail, both charged with racing.