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Dalton man found to be DUI after citizen calls 911 about vehicle driving all over the roadway

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff's Office incident report, on August 31, 2020, at around 5:14 AM, a Sargent was dispatched to the area of the South Bypass and Airport in reference to a possible DUI driver. The caller advised that the vehicle was a white GMC Envoy. The caller told 911 that was all over the road and just ran a red light. As the Sargent was traveling south on the bypass, he observed the offender vehicle traveling north on the bypass. The Sargent then made a u-turn at Old Grade Road and caught up the vehicle at the Highway 52 intersection. As the Sargent followed behind the vehicle, he observed it cross over the white fog line several times, failing to maintain its lane of travel, and weave within its lane. The Sargent stopped the vehicle at the Bypass and Highway 71 intersection. As the Sargent made contact with the driver, later identified as Rayford Smith, 56 of Dalton, he could detect a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. The Sargent asked Smith for his license, and he advised that he couldn't find them this morning. Sgt. Pierce asked Smith if he had been drinking, and he advised that he did last night. During the conversation, the Sargent noticed that Smith's speech was badly slurred. The Sargent asked Smith to exit the vehicle. Smith agreed to Standardized Field Sobriety. Smith showed several clues of impairment during the test. The Sargent placed Smith under arrest for DUI. The Sargent read Smith Implied Consent for suspects over the age of 21 to which Smith agreed.

During a search of the vehicle, the Sargent located a 1.5 liter of VODKA that was almost empty and still cold to the touch. Another deputy located a VODKA shooter in the passenger area that was empty. The Sargent transported Smith to the Whitfield County Sheriffs Office, where a Lt administered the Intoxilyzer. The samples were .303 and .324. The Sargent charged Smith with DUI, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Open Container of Alcohol.