NWGA Scanner | August 4th, 2021

Unlicensed Dalton man arrested for DUI child endangerment after driving reckless on I-75 in Gordon County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, “On Thursday, July 22nd, 2021, at approximately 4:14 PM, Cpl. Sanford was on patrol on I-75 southbound near Mile Marker 316 in the right lane. Cpl. Sanford reported, “[I] observed a silver sport utility vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in my driver side mirror approaching me from the rear in the left lane. My Radar displayed a speed of 96 MPH, and [I] initiated a traffic stop.” The vehicle came to a stop on the right shoulder of I-75 southbound on top of exit 315 to GA 156. The trooper made contact with the driver, later identified as Dennis Manuel Santos, 37, of Dalton, who was reported as having glassy, reddened eyes. Dennis handed the trooper a Georgia Identification Card identifying him. Cpl. Sanford reported, “[I] explained the reason for the stop, and he explained to me he was on the way to an emergency room for his one-year-old daughter in the backseat. [I] asked if they needed me to call for an ambulance to come to the scene, and he and his front passenger stated they didn’t. [I] asked Mr. Laboy Santos if he had anything alcoholic to drink that day and received a negative response.” According to the report, upon entering the information into GCIC, the trooper discovered Laboy Santos did not possess a valid driver’s license. The front seat passenger stated she did not have a valid driver’s license. Cpl. Sanford reported, “At that time, knowing no licensed drivers were in the vehicle and having been advised the juvenile was in need of medical treatment, [I] contacted Troop A Communications requesting an ambulance to come to the scene. [I] searched Mr. Laboy Santos and observed him getting frustrated with the situation. [I] placed him under arrest for driving while unlicensed.” Once, an ambulance arrived at the scene to transport the sick juvenile and adult passenger to Advent Gordon. The trooper transported Laboy Santos to the Gordon County Jail. Cpl. Sanford reported, “Upon arrival at the jail, [I] smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from Mr. Laboy Santos’s breath as he spoke to me in the sally port.” Using his Intoximeter device, the trooper obtained a breath sample which showed a positive BAC for breath alcohol 0.120. During standardized field sobriety testing Laboy Santos showed several clues of impairment. The trooper immediately read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice for Suspects Age 21 or Over requesting blood. Mr. Laboy Santos verbally replied, “No.” Laboy Santos was booked into the Gordon County Jail charged with DUI driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while unlicensed, DUI – endangering the life of a child while DUI, expired tag, reckless driving, and speeding.