NWGA Scanner | December 30th, 2021

Virginia man arrested for DUI after running red light in front of Dalton PD officer on Walnut Avenue

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on December 18th, 2021, at around 9:19 PM, Officer Avila was at the intersection of College Drive and West Walnut Avenue. When he observed a dark-colored pickup truck turn left onto the west bridge from West Walnut Avenue intersection, disregarding the red traffic signal. The officer stopped the truck at 901 West Bridge, Country Inn & Suites. Officer Avila reported, “The driver began to open the door. [I] made contact with the driver, later identified as Micheal David Henderson, 50, of Abingdon, Virginia, and began to explain to the driver the reason [I] initiated a traffic stop. [I] could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s mouth area when he spoke to me. [I] also noticed that Michael’s eyes were extremely red and glassy. [I] asked the driver, “Where are you coming from? “And Michael stated that he was coming from Red Lobster. When [I] informed Michael that he was not leaving red lobster, he admitted that he left outback. When Michael responded [I] noticed that Michael’s speech was slow/slurred. [I] then asked Michael how much he had been drinking. Michael answered that he had “Quite a bit tonight”.” The officer reported that he observed Michael was very uneasy on his feet. Michael appeared to have trouble maintaining his balance and would use his arm to lean against the rear of his truck to maintain balance. According to the report, While speaking with Michael at the rear of the truck, the officer again detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his mouth area. According to the report, the officer also observed that his eyes were very red and glassy.
During field sobriety tests, Micheal showed several clues of impairment and was placed under arrest for DUI driving under the influence of alcohol. Michael agreed to Georgia’s Implied consent. Micheal was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a breath alcohol concentration (BA) of .188 grams of alcohol. Michael was booked on charges of DUI and traffic signal violation.