Dalton man charged with DUI after concerned citizen calls in vehicle traveling all over the roadway
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff's Office incident report, on Saturday, September 12th, 2020, at approximately 3:22 AM, the Whitfield County Communications Center received a call from a concerned citizen regarding a vehicle traveling south on I-75 near mile marker 341 that was failing to maintain its lane. While following the vehicle, the concerned citizen told the call-taker multiple times that the vehicle had ran onto the shoulder of the road. A deputy and his trainee, along with another deputy, began heading towards the interstate in an attempt to intercept the vehicle. While they were en-route, the concerned citizen advised that the vehicle was exiting at the Rocky Face exit (336). Both deputies continued towards the vehicle while the concerned citizen continued to follow it as it turned onto Crow Valley Road. The concerned citizen advised 911 that as the vehicle was traveling north in the opposite lane of travel on Crow Valley Road. The vehicle turned onto an address on Brady Drive. Deputies noticed a male later identified as Rashard Berry, 35 of Dalton walking up to an apartment. A deputy made contact with Berry. The deputy informed Berry that he was making contact with him due to a BOLO given for his vehicle. Berry stated that he had just gotten home from Chattanooga and had been visiting family. While speaking with Berry, the deputy noticed that his speech was slurred, and his eyes were glossy. The deputy also detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person while he spoke. Berry advised he had consumed two margaritas while he was in Chattanooga. The deputy asked Berry if he would be willing to submit to standardized field sobriety testing. Berry agreed to field sobriety testing. Based on the observations made by the concerned citizen, Berry's own admissions, his manifestations of impairment, and the field sobriety testing, the deputy placed Berry under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. Berry was read Georgia Implied Consent Notice for Suspects age 21 or Over, which he agreed he would submit to a test of his breath. Ate the Whitfield County Jail, two breath samples were taken, and the lowest result was 0.184. Berry was cited for DUI - alcohol - 0.08 grams or more.