Dalton man arrested for DUI after nearly causing several crashes on I-75 in Whitfield County
According to a Whitfield Count Sheriff's Office incident report, on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, around 2:13 PM, a deputy was dispatched to a BOLO on Interstate 75 northbound. The BOLO was in reference to a vehicle almost causing motor vehicle accidents, and failing to maintain their lane. The deputy located the suspected offender on Interstate 75 northbound at the 341 on ramp. The deputy noticed the offender vehicle a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica gray in color failing to maintain their lane as. The deputy immediately turned on his patrol cars emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle just past exit 341. The offender vehicle continued northbound on Interstate 75, with speeds around 70 miles per hour in the middle lane. The offender vehicle did not acknowledge the emergency lights and siren and continued for approximately four more miles without any attempt to move over to the right lane and stop. The offender vehicle quickly merged in the right lane as they approached exit 345 in Catoosa County and stopped at the exit ramp. The deputy noticed the offender's vehicle had a jerky stop and used no turn signal. The driver was identified as Jonathan Benitez Gonzalez, 31, of Houston, Texas. While speaking to him, the deputy observed that a moderate odor of alcoholic beverage was coming from him. The deputy observed that Gonzalez had bloodshot eyes and watery eyes. When asked, Gonzalez admitted to drinking around 1:00 in the morning. When the deputy took Gonzalez driver's license out of his bag, he located two small bags of a green leafy substance that appeared to be marijuana. The deputy located five empty glass bottles of Smirnoff soured pineapple coconut right behind the driver and passenger seat in the floorboard. The deputy also located one full-unopened bottle of Smirnoff soured pineapple coconut behind the driver's seat. Gonzalez appeared to have a slow reactionary time to anything the deputy asked of him. The deputy had reasonable suspicion that Gonzalez had some other type of controlled substance in his system that would cause him to have a slow reactionary time. A Standardized field sobriety test was performed after Gonzalez agreed that he would do the test. The results of the horizontal gaze nystagmus test displayed six of the six possible clues. Gonzalez kept moving his head after being instructed not to while trying to follow the stimulus with his eyes only. During the walk and turn test, Gonzalez displayed six of the eight possible clues. Gonzalez agreed to submit to the preliminary breath test. The results showed a reading of 0.054 grams. After concluding the standardized field sobriety test, the deputy placed Gonzalez under arrest for DUI less safe. Gonzalez was issued three citations for DUI less safe, failure to maintain lane, and failure to yield to emergency vehicles.