Dalton man arrested for DUI after traffic stop
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report on Sunday, February 2nd, 2020, Officer Avila and Officer Hughes went to assist Sgt. Corso on a traffic stop on North Glenwood. Sgt. Corso stopped a vehicle in reference to a caller that witnessed a suspect in a fight fleeing the scene in a blue passenger car heading south on Hamilton Street. Sgt. Corso explained to the driver, Alan Mendoza, 21, of Dalton, why he had been stopped. He proceeded to question if he left the area where the fight occurred. Sgt. Corso then asked Mendoza to step out of his vehicle and to the rear of the vehicle. When Mendoza did, officers observed that he was very uneasy on his feet. Mendoza appeared to have trouble maintaining his balance. When Mendoza reached the rear of the vehicle, they detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. Officers also observed that his eyes were very red and glassy. Mendoza admitted to officers that he had had a couple of drinks 30 minutes ago. They had Mendoza perform standardized a field sobriety test to see if he was safe to drive. Mendoza did not pass the sobriety tests and was considered to be driving under the influence. The last test that the officer explained and demonstrated to Mendoza was the field Alco-sensor test. During the test, Mendoza showed a breath alcohol content of .108. Mendoza was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and was read Georgia's 21 and over implied consent notification at the scene. Mendoza was transported to the Whitfield County Jail. At the jail, Mendoza gave a breath sample on the Intox 9000 machine, which indicated 0.94 grams of alcohol. Mendoza was charged with DUI as the legal limit is .08 in the state of Georgia in order to operate a motor vehicle.