Dalton man facing DUI charge after running red light in front of deputy while drunk
According to a Whitfield County sheriff's Office incident report, on Saturday, August 1st, 2020, at approximately 10:57 PM, a Sgt. with WCSO was stationary at the intersection of GA-3 and Highway 41 (Conn 3 Area). After getting the green light while sitting in the turning lane to turn south on to Connector 3, the Sgt. observed a dark in color Chrysler 300 traveling south fail to stop for the red light. The deputy caught up to the car and stopped it in the Pilot Travel Center parking lot. The deputy made his way up to the vehicle and spoke to the driver, later identified as Timothy Morris, 48 of Dalton. The deputy explained to Morris why he stopped him. Morris advised that he didn't want to hit his brakes. The deputy noticed that Morris's eyes were bloodshot and droopy. The deputy also detected a slight odor of alcohol coming from inside the car. The deputy asked Morris if he would provide a sample on the alco-sensor. Morris did, and it showed a positive result for alcohol. Morris was asked to step out and submit to a Standardized Field Sobriety Test. Morris advised that he would submit. Morris failed the series of tests given to him. Morris lost his balance several times and fell into the deputy's patrol car at one point. The deputy determined that Morris was under the influence and placed him under arrest for DUI. The deputy read Morris his Georgia Implied Consent to which he agreed to take at the jail. During a search of Morris's vehicle, the deputy located an open container of Michelob Ultra in the passenger side area, and he had alcohol inside a Falcons cup that was sitting in the cupholder. Morris was transported to the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office, where he provided two breath samples on the Intoxilyzer 9000. The first sample was 0.175, and the second was 0.182. Morris was charged with DUI, failure to obey traffic control device, and open container.