Dalton man arrested for DUI after driving with no head lights on in the middle of night
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on Saturday, August 1st, 2020, at approx. 3:10 AM, Sgt. Lowery was sitting stationary at the intersection of North Elm Street and Underwood Street when he observed a vehicle that did not have its headlights on traveling toward him. Sgt. Lowery caught up to the vehicle and observed it fail to maintain and cross over the double yellow line. The vehicle suddenly turned onto Northview Drive, and the Sgt. initiated a traffic stop. Sgt. Lowery reported, "As [I] approached the vehicle [I] could smell the odor of what [I] believed to be brake pads on the vehicle." The officer could see that the driver later identified as to Mauricio Antonio Lopez 33 of Dalton, eyes had a bloodshot and somewhat glossy appearance to them. The officer asked Lopez about the odor of the burning brakes, and he advised he had been driving with the parking brake on. Sgt. Lowery detected what he believed to be the odor of an alcoholic beverage. Sgt. Lowery reported, "[I] then asked Mauricio if he could tell me how much he had to drink, and he said, "Not a lot"." "[I] then asked him if he could tell me how much "Not a lot" was, and he said "Like 2 or 3"." Lopez agreed to do some testing to see if he was ok to drive or not. Lopez failed the test and showed many clues. Sgt. Lowery then requested a sample of Lopez's breath using the handheld alco-sensor. It showed a presumptive indication for alcohol and returned with a Reading of .142 grams BAC. Lopez was arrested for driving under the influence. Lopez said he had a driver's license in Kansas but that he no longer had one because of some other issues. Lopez was read the Georgia Implied Consent notice for suspects age 21 or over and agreed to a test of his breath. Officers found that Lopez had an expired Kansas license and a suspended Georgia license. Lopez also showed to have two warrants for his arrest for OCGA 16-5-91 as it relates to destruction of a security interest. he warrant was obtained by employees of Rent-A-Center due to damage to a love seat and sofa that Lopez had rented from them. At the jail, Lopez showed results of .149 and. 134 on the breath test. Lopez was charged with lighted headlights required, failure to maintain lane, driving while license suspended, DUI-. 08 & higher.