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Dalton man charged with DUI after intoxicated woman causes scene at restaurant Thursday

Updated: Dec 11, 2019

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report on Thursday, December 5th, 2019 Officers were dispatched to 1315 West Walnut Avenue Longhorn Steakhouse in reference to a female who was said to be very intoxicated and arguing with the employees of Longhorn. Responding officers were updated by dispatch that the female was now in the parking lot in a white Range Rover trying to leave. They also advised that her boyfriend was beating on the door of the car trying to get her out. Officers were then advised that the female had got into a red Tahoe with a male individual and left the parking lot of Longhorn. Dalton Officers spotted and located the Tahoe at the Kroger red light. Officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. Officer made contact with the driver identified as Jody Blue Buckner, 48, of Dalton where he handed an officer his debit card. "[I] advised Buckner I did not need his debit card and he handed me his license." Officer Gilreath stated. Officer Gilreath stated "[I] noticed Buckner was chewing on a breath mint so [I] asked Buckner if he had been drinking any alcoholic beverages, and he replied by stating he had 3 beers." Bucker stated "one at Kroger and one at Longhorn." "[I] advised Buckner that he just told me he had 3 beers, Buckner then advised he thought he had 3 but realized it was only 2 beers." Officer Gilreath stated. Officer Mefford along with Officer Hammontree had Buckner perform several field sobriety tests which he according to the report failed. Officer Mefford had Bucker take a field Alco-Sensor test which showed Buckner had a breath alcohol content of-.122 "At this time, [I] placed Buckner under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), and read Georgia's Implied consent at the scene" Officer Mefford stated. Buckner was then transported to the Whitfield County Jail where he was once again explained that Georgia law requires him to submit to/or give a state-administered test of his blood, breath or urine sample. He agreed and gave a breath sample on the Intoxilyzer 9000 machine where he showed a blood alcohol count (BA) of .101 grams of alcohol.