According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On March 5th, 2023, at 2:13 AM, Officer McBrayer stopped a 2012 silver in color Chevrolet Cruze for speeding at 58 mph on Abutment Road. The vehicle continued south to McFarland Ave, where they turned onto this street and came to a stop. Officer McBrayer made contact with the driver, Fuller Thomas Vinyard, 19, of Dalton. Officer McBrayer reported, “[I] explained the reason for the stop, and [I] could immediately smell the odor of alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. There were two other males in the car, Hunter Noland and Shyne Vinyard. I was not sure if the alcohol was coming from Fuller or the other occupants, so [I] asked fuller to exit the vehicle and come to the rear of the car and speak with me. Once at the rear of the car, [I] explained to him that [I] could smell alcohol coming from the vehicle, and [I] asked him if he had consumed any alcohol. He stated that yes he had been drinking before driving. [I] had prior knowledge of Fuller and knew that he was not 21 years of age.” During field sobriety tests, Fuller showed several signs of impairment and a BAC of .057 on a PBT. Shyne offered to provide a breath sample so he could drive away and showed a BAC of .08 on a PBT. Noland then advised that he would also provide a breath sample to try and drive the car. Noland showed a BAC of .09 on a PBT. Both Noland and Shyne are also under the age of 21. Both were issued a citation for underage consumption. Fuller then transported him to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of .051, which is higher than the .02 threshold for individuals under 21 years of age. Fuller was charged with speeding, underage consumption, and DUI over .02.
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