Chattanooga man arrested for DUI after traffic stop for hands free Monday in Dalton
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on Monday, January 27th, 2020, around 10:19 PM, a Dalton Police officer was patrolling the area of Chattanooga Road and Drake Road when he viewed a driver with his phone in his hand. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the SUV with a TylerTN tag and proceeded with the normal traffic stop procedures. The officer stated he could detect an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle being and that the driver David Strickland, 31, of Chattanooga, TN, eyes were glassy. There was also an open container of beer in the cup holder of the vehicle. David said that he had consumed approximately three beers at Applebee' s earlier when asked how much he had to drink. The officer asked David to step out of his vehicle and to the front of his patrol vehicle to perform standardized field sobriety tests to see if he was safe to drive. When David did so, the officer observed that he was very uneasy on his feet and appeared to have trouble maintaining his balance. David showed many clues displaying a lack of coordination and difficulty standing. The last test that the officer explained and demonstrated to David was the field Alco-Sensor test. The Alco-Sensor is a device approved by the GBI Forensic Division. During this test, David showed a breath alcohol content of .175. David was arrested for DUI and transported to the Whitfield County Jail. Another officer read to David the Georgia Implied Consent Law. David gave a breath sample on the Intox 9000 machine and showed a blood alcohol count (BA) of .182. David was charged with Georgia hands-free, license suspended, open container, and DUI .08 gm or more.