Chatsworth man charged with DUI after traffic stop for headlight being out Saturday night in Dalton
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report on Saturday, December 29th, 2019, Dalton Patrol Officer Hefner was patrolling the area of South Thornton Avenue when he observed a white Ford with a headlight out. Officer Hefner pulled behind the vehicle as it approached the intersection of South Thornton Avenue and West Walnut Avenue. Once they turned right onto West Walnut avenue Officer Hefner initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of West Walnut Avenue and Miller Street. Officer Hefner made contact with the driver, identified as Jorge Martinez, 29 of Chatsworth; Officer Hefner advised he could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. Officer Hefner stated, "While [I] was speaking with Jorge; he would not look me straight in the eyes or speak in my direction." Officer Hefner said it is common among those who are driving while under the influence to do this so that you can not smell the alcohol on their breath. When asked if he had anything to drink, Jorge still would not look at Officer Hefner but stated that she had (pointing to his passenger). When asked again if he had anything to drink, and he stated no. I then asked if they were coming from the bar, and he stated yes. Officer Hefner then radioed for Officer Womack to respond to the traffic stop location to assist with field sobriety. When Officer Hefner had Jorge step to the rear of the vehicle Officer Hefner could again smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person. When Jorge spoke, the smell intensified. Officer Hefner also noticed that Jorge had placed a piece of chewing gum into his mouth to try and mask the smell of alcohol on his breath. Jorge admitted to Officers to mixing some drinks earlier but again stated that he had not drank. Officer Hefner asked Jorge if he would consent to field sobriety, and he advised, "Yeah." Jorge showed some clues during the test. The last test that Officer Hefner explained and demonstrated to Jorge was the field Alco-Sensor test. The alco-sensor is a device approved by the GBI Forensic Division to determine the breath alcohol content of a person. During this test, Jorge showed positive with a breath alcohol content of .106. At this time, Jorge was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol DUI and read Georgia's Implied Consent notification (for suspects over 21) at the scene. Jorge was Transported to the Whitfield County Jail. During a search of the vehicle, a cooler was found behind the center console. Inside was two open containers of liquor and some unopened beer cans. Also, in a cup holder, an open cup was found and smelled strongly of alcohol. Officers were nice and allowed the passenger daughter to pick up the vehicle due to the passenger also admitting to drinking alcohol. The passenger stated that she and Jorge drank alcohol approx. 2 hours prior. Once at the jail, Officer Hefner used the Intoxilyzer 9000 device. Jorge gave a breath sample on the intox 9000 machine and showed a breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) 0.101 and. 0.099 grams of alcohol. Jorge was cited for DUI. Jorge was also issued a warning for the headlight and for the open containers.