NWGA Scanner | September 23rd, 2022
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On September 10th, 2022, at around 1:41 PM, Officer Castillo responded to 98 West Walnut Avenue, the Walmart gas pumps. Dispatch advised that a subject, later identified as Josue Isaac Rivera-Bellorin, 22, of Dalton, appeared to be passed out behind the steering wheel at a gas pump. While en route to the scene, Officer Castillo observed the purple BMW had left and made an improper change, nearly causing a crash. Officer Castillo reported, “[I] pulled out of the inside lane and go into the outside lane and followed the BMW into West Hamilton Connector. The vehicle then drove behind the shell gas station at 105 West Walnut Avenue and pulled into the rear parking lot. Due to the way the vehicle was driving, [I] activated my blue emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. [I] quickly got out of my patrol car and approached the driver as he was coming out. The driver was saying something, but [I] could not understand what he was saying. [I] got closer and told him that he had made an unsafe right turn from the inside lane across the outside to turn onto Hamilton Connector. The driver came out of the vehicle and began to try and explain. While the driver spoke, [I] could tell that his speech was slurred, and he seemed to be under the influence of something. [I] asked the driver how much he had to drink. The driver said that he had not had anything to drink. As the driver stood outside, he had trouble maintaining his balance. The driver seemed so out of it that I had to explain to him several times what he had done and how that could have caused a crash.” During field sobriety tests, he showed several signs of drug impairment. Josue was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of drugs (DUI), and agreed to the state test. According to the report, “During a search incident to arrest of the vehicle, two electronic vapes were found inside. One of the vapes clearly had marijuana printed on the vape and also on the packaging. The packaging of this vape had 88.23% THC printed on it. This level of THC was very high.” Josue was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with an improper right turn, driving while revoked, DUI less safe drugs, possession of schedule 1 narcotics, and two counts of drug-related objects.