Dalton man arrested Sunday on DUI and child endangerment charges
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on Sunday, January 26th, 2020, at around 6:16 PM, Officers were at Brookwood Drive after being asked by female to respond to the location to standby while she picked up her son. Officers were still at that location when they were informed that Rodney Lee Baker, 42, of Dalton, who was in the Jeep that had just drove pass, was intoxicated. The female stated that he had been drinking all day. Officers made Contact with Baker and could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. Officers asked Baker how much he had to drink, and he stated one beer. After exiting the vehicle officers noticed Baker was very uneasy on his feet and appeared to have trouble maintaining his balance. Officers decided to have him perform standardized field sobriety tests to see if he was safe to drive. Baker showed many clues during the tests displaying that he was DUI. The last test that officers explained and demonstrated to Baker was the field Alco-Sensor test. During this test, Baker showed a breath alcohol content of .280. Baker was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Baker was read Georgia's Implied Consent notification at the scene and agreed. Officers then noticed the six-year-old who was in the vehicle was not properly buckled into his car seat. The officer noticed that the straps were so tight that they would not go over the boy's shoulders. He had to adjust them to get him buckled properly. Baker was transported to the Whitfield County Jail. Baker gave a breath sample on the Intox 9000 machine and showed a blood alcohol count (ba) of 0.274. Baker was cited for DUI .08 gm or more, DUI endangerment of a child under 14 and safety seat violation under eight years old.