Dalton man charged with DUI after traffic stop for sitting at green light Sunday night
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report on Sunday, December 29th, 2019, at approximately 10:00, Dalton Patrol Officer Johnson was traveling south on South Thornton Avenue approaching Bryant Avenue. When he observed an F-150 truck red in color stopped in the turn lane facing south with a green light, as Officer Johnson approached the vehicle, it did not move while the light was still green. Once Officer Johnson got behind the car, it moved out of the turn lane and back on to South Thornton Avenue traveling south. Officer Johnson initiated a traffic stop for obstructing an intersection and merging without signaling. Officer Johnson made contact with the driver, identified as James Patterson, 46 of Dalton. Officer followed with the normal traffic stop procedures. Patterson stated the reason for being stopped was that he was going to a friend's house and had stopped to text his friend for directions. As Officer Johnson was moving back to the vehicle to run his information Officer Cook advised that he had observed an open container of alcohol behind the driver seat. Officer cook also advised officer Johnson that he observed unopened alcohol in the front seat still cold, Patterson stated that they were old beers from a few weeks ago. A search of Patterson turned up several different firearms on him, and the vehicle was asked to step out of the vehicle and if he had any weapons on him, which were turned over into evidence at Dalton PD. Patterson advised officers that he had two drinks during the day. Patterson also stated that he messed up and knew he was wrong. Patterson advised that he should have stayed home and not come out tonight, Officer Cook then conducted field sobriety testing. Patterson showed many clues during the field sobriety testing. Including unable to keep balance while listening to instructions, not touching heel to toe while walking the line, miss counting steps, he lost his balance at the 4-second count during the leg test and using his arms to balance hi ms elf during the entirety of the test. Officer Cook had Patterson take an Alco-Sensor test, which is a device approved by the GBI Forensic Division to determine the breath alcohol content of a person. The test gave an alcohol level of .151. Patterson was then placed under arrest for DUI. Patterson was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where Officer Cook conducted the breath test on the Intoxilyzer 9000 Patterson scored a.121. Patterson was then issued tickets for DUI/Alcohol .08 or more, open container, and a warning for obstructing an intersection.