Dalton man found to be DUI after deputy spots truck stopped in the middle of the roadway
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff's Office incident report, on Saturday, August 15th, 2020, at approximately 1:15 AM, a deputy was patrolling the area of Frontier Trail when he observed a gray GMC 1500 stopped in the intersection of Cattleman Drive and Frontier Trail. The deputy stopped to allow the truck to move out of the way. The driver then turned the headlights on and off, pulled forward slightly, and then stopped again. The deputy approached the passenger side of the vehicle and began speaking with the driver, identified as Miguel Medina-Jaime, 48 of Dalton. Miguel had droopy and bloodshot eyes, and the deputy advised he smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage as he spoke with the driver. Miguel advised the deputy that he had consumed four Bud Light beers approximately two hours prior. Varnell Officer Hollis arrived on the scene to assist the deputy. While walking to the back of the truck, Miguel used the side of the truck to keep from falling over and stopped before reaching the back. The deputy had to ask him several times to step to the back of the truck before he finally made it. Miguel could complete the field sobriety testing. During the interaction, the deputy could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Miguel. He also was swaying while standing. Miguel was arrested for DUI and read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice. He refused to testing of his breath and blood. Miguel was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with stopping prohibited on the roadway and DUI less safe.