NWGA Scanner | June 29th, 2022
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On June 12th, 2022, at 7:40 PM, Officer D. Jones observed a Dodge caravan failing to maintain a lane, and at that time, the officer believed it to be avoiding a pothole on East Morris Street. The van moved back into the correct lane of travel but continued to weave within the eastbound lane traveling east. Officer Jones reported, “The van’s driver’s side tires ran over the yellow line several more times, and the van continued weaving and failing to maintain lane. Based on my training and experience working hundreds of DUI incidents, [I] felt that this repeated violation could be a sign of an impaired driving incident.” The officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Francisco Fraire Rodriguez, 52, of Dalton. Fraire immediately stated that he did not have a driver’s license but provided the officer with his Mexico consulate card, which appeared to be his. The officer detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath and reported that his eyes were also glassy and bloodshot. Fraire stated to the officer he had absolutely nothing to drink prior to driving. Officer Jones reported, “When [I] asked him a second time, Fraire admitted to drinking “A little bit” and used his left index finger and thumb to show me what appeared to be a sign for a little bit.” During field sobriety tests, Fraire showed several signs of impairment and showed BAC of .202 on a PBT Fraire was placed under arrest and refused the state test saying “No” and then that “He did not speak English.” officers then located several open alcohol containers of Busch. Fraire was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of .248 for the intake process. Fraire was charged with DUI, open alcohol container violation, driving while unlicensed, weavings over roadway, and failure to maintain lane.