Dalton man arrested for DUI following traffic stop after deputy notices reckless driving
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff's Office incident report, on Tuesday, February 25th, 2020, at approximately 11:04 PM, a deputy observed a Nissan passenger car turning onto Cavender Road from Antioch Road. The Nissan accelerated at a high rate of speed on the road that is very curvy. The deputy could only maintain visual contact for short periods of time due to the number of sharp curves on the road. The deputy activated his emergency equipment and conducted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle. The deputy observed the tag that was displayed was a trailer tag. The driver turned off the vehicle after three commands. The deputy made contact with the driver, Dustin Ray Willingham, 26, of Dalton. The deputy asked Dustin why he was in such a hurry. Dustin stated that the brakes did not work on the vehicle and that he could not slow down. The deputy could see multiple beer cans on the passenger floor. The deputy observed Dustin's speech to be slurred, and the odor of an alcoholic beverage was present as he spoke. The walk and turn and one-leg stand were not performed for safety reasons due to the stop location being on a grade and in a curve. The deputy read Dustin the Georgia Implied Consent notice for suspects age 21 and over. Dustin agreed to the testing. The deputy asked Dustin how many alcoholic beverages he had consumed and he advised three shots of vodka and a beer about two hours prior to the stop. The results of the state breath test at the jail showed a breath/ alcohol concentration of 0.133 and 0.140 grams. Dustin was charged with affixing tag to conceal or misrepresent, too fast for conditions, reckless driving, operating an unsafe vehicle, DUI alcohol, 0.08 grams or more, and license not on person.