NWGA Scanner | June 10th, 2022
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On May 28th, 2022, at 12:55 AM, Officer Walker stopped a 2004 white Nissan Frontier that was traveling northbound and crossed over the center yellow lines into the officer’s lane. Officer Walker attempted to catch up to the vehicle and reported the vehicle appeared to have sped up as it was quickly gaining distance from him. Officer Walker reported, “[I] could see that the vehicle was failing to maintain its lane of travel from a distance. The vehicle was driving in between the left lane and the double yellow lines in the roadway as it approached the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Waugh Street. The vehicle then positioned itself in the left-hand turning lane. The driver sat in the turning lane for approximately 6 to 7 seconds after the light turned green. The driver makes a slow and wide left turn. The vehicle drives straight up to the point it is perpendicular to the right-hand lane on Waugh Street. The driver then jerked the wheel as he is turning and positioned the vehicle in the right-hand lane. The driver did not ever establish itself in the left lane after turning left and merged directly into the right-hand lane. [I] then followed the vehicle over the Waugh Street bridge and observed the vehicle fail to maintain its lane of travel by crossing over from the right lane to the left lane.” The officer then initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Aldre-Yobani Cobon-Gomez, 27. Officer Walker reported that Aldre appeared highly intoxicated as he spoke with him. According to the report, “His head and body were swaying back and forth. His eyes were droopy, red, glassy, and almost closed.” The officer could smell the strong and distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. The officer also observed an open “Corona” beer bottle in the center console. Aldre did not speak English and appeared to be trying to call someone on his phone. Aldre appeared as if he was going to fall over when he stood by his truck. Officer Walker asked Aldre how many beers he had consumed, and he stated five. Officer Walker reported, “During my entire interaction with Aldre, [I] continued to smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath when he spoke. [I] did not attempt field sobriety due to the language barrier. [I] also believe that it would have been unsafe for Aldre to attempt to perform field sobriety due to his level of intoxication.” Officer Selby and Sgt. Parker then arrived on the scene to assist. Officers located meth inside the vehicle during a search. Aldre was placed under arrest for DUI and refused the state test. Aldre was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with possession of meth, DUI – less safe, failure to maintain lane, driving while unlicensed (no license), improper left turn, and open container violation. According to Dalton Police Department reports, Aldre was arrested on March 27th, 2022 for DUI and driving while unlicensed after traffic stop for having blue lights under his truck.