NWGA Scanner | May 11th, 2022
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On May 2nd, 2022, at 10:51 AM, Officer Shope responded to a grey Honda Pilot that was stopped on West Walnut Avenue at a green light. According to the report, “The caller advised that it appeared that the driver was asleep or unconscious. Dispatch advised that the caller was now telling them that the vehicle started to move and turned northbound on Tibbs Road. The vehicle then stopped near Wood Valley again and threw several beer cans out of the window.” The officer then located the vehicle and made contact at Peachtree Estates. The officer made contact with the driver, Transito Donaldo Ramos-Lainez, 33, of Chattanooga, who did not appear to understand anything. The passenger, Larry Velasquez, was translating for him. Officer Shope reported, “[I] could detect a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle, and [I] witnessed an open Modelo beer can in the middle console cup holder. [I] asked Ramos to roll the back window down because there was another passenger in the back seat, and the tint was way too dark for me to be able to see what he was doing. Ramos had a very hard time doing this and kept pushing the wrong buttons on the door to attempt to roll the window down. Once the window was down, [I] could then see that there were several more empty cans of Modelo on the floorboard behind the driver seat. While speaking to Ramos, [I] could detect a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his person/mouth area. [I] also noticed that his eyes were red and glassy. [I] asked Ramos how much he had to drink, and he stated a number in Spanish, but [I] was not sure what it was. [I] then heard Velasquez say “Dos” to Ramos. Ramos looked at him, and Velasquez again said, “Dos”, like he was trying to get Ramos to tell me that he had only had two beers.” Ramos then showed a BAC of .162 on a PBT. The officer spoke with the concerned motorist, who confirmed everything that she witnessed. Ramos was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of .162 on the state test. Ramos was charged with DUI 0.08 grams or more, driving without a license, and open container violation.