NWGA Scanner | December 4th, 2021

Unlicensed teen arrested for DUI after being stopped for failing to maintain lane in Whitfield County

According to the report, on November 19th, 2021, at 10:10 PM, while on routine patrol on East Walnut Avenue, Deputy Koehler observed a pickup truck turning right onto East Walnut Avenue from the Walmart shopping center. A blue 2008 Ford F150 with Georgia Registration was traveling west on East Walnut Avenue without headlights. According to the report, “As Deputy Koehler followed the truck, the driver was failing to maintain lane by bumping the center lane multiple times while traveling west. Deputy Koehler initiated a traffic stop using emergency lights and sirens. The driver made an abrupt lane change and then turned right onto Lester Avenue. The driver continued moving forward while failing to maintain the lane and striking the curb before coming to a stop in front of 514 Lester Avenue” The deputy approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, who was identified as Bonifilio Omar DeLeon-Morales, 19, of Dalton. While trying to speak with DeLeon-Morales, the deputy observed several open Modelo beer cans in the center console and multiple opened cans and bottles in the back floorboard of the vehicle. According to the report, “Deputy Koehler then asked Mr. DeLeon-Morales how much he had drunk this evening, and Mr. DeLeon-Morales responded with 6 or 7.” While standing in front of Deputy Koehler’s patrol vehicle, DeLeon-Morales kept trying to call someone on his cellphone. According to the report, “Deputy Koehler asked Mr. DeLeon-Morales to put the phone down. Mr. DeLeon-Morales did not put the phone down as asked. Deputy Koehler then took the phone from Mr. DeLeon-Morales and placed him in handcuffs. While waiting for Deputy Fernandez to arrive on the scene, Mr. DeLeon-Morales urinated all over himself.” DeLeon-Morales returned through GCIC/NCIC without a driver’s license and a warrant through Whitfield County, and a warrant through the Dalton Police Department. DeLeon-Morales was read Georgia Implied Consent and agreed to test his breath. DeLeon-Morales was transported to the Whitfield County Jail. According to the tenth report, “Upon arrival at the Whitfield County Detention, Deputy Koehler met with ICE Detention Officer Hernandez, who is certified to perform the state-certified breath test with the intoxilyzer 9000 machines. Upon blowing in the intoxilyzer machine, Mr. DeLeon-Morales had a BrAC result of 0.151, which is well above the legal limit to operate a vehicle in the state of Georgia.” Mr. DeLeon-Morales was served with Magistrate Bench Warrant. DeLeon-Morales was also charged with DUI driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without a valid license, headlight requirement, open container, and possession of alcohol under the age of 21.