NWGA Scanner | April 29th, 2021

Unlicensed Dalton man found DUI after road rage incident in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on April 22nd, 2021, Deputies received a call for service involving the driver of a 2000 Chevy van threatening to shoot the caller for following him. Whitfield Dispatch advised the vehicle was last seen in the area of Rauschenberg Road. Deputy Crosby located the vehicle on Poplar Springs Road and Reed Pond Road. The deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver, later identified as Guillermo Rios, 41, of Dalton, immediately opened the driver’s door and stepped out of the vehicle. Rios was ordered to the rear of the vehicle with his hands up, to which he complied. Rios was asked what had happened at the gas station involving the 911 caller. Rios advised the caller was following him and pulled into the gas station, where the caller told Rios he was going to shoot him. Deputy Crosby did a consent search of the vehicle and located a 30-ounce open container of Corona, along with two unopened Corona bottles and an empty Corona bottle. Rios admitted to drinking two 30-ounce bottles prior to the traffic stop. He also stated he did not have a driver’s license, which was confirmed through NCIC/GCIC. While speaking to Rios, Deputy Crosby could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath and person. During field sobriety tests, Rios showed several clues of impairment. The license plate displayed on the vehicle returned to a Jeep Cherokee. The VIN returned to the listed vehicle with canceled registration. Rios was read the implied consent notice asking for a sample of his breath for the state-administered chemical test, where Rios refused. Rios was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with DUI-less safe, taillight requirement, affixing license plate with intent to misrepresent, open container, and driving while unlicensed.