Dalton man known for driving intoxicated often arrested for DUI after traffic stop
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on Sunday, February 2nd, 2020, Officer Morang was driving south on Fields Avenue when he noticed a black Ford F-150 traveling northbound. The officer recognized the driver to be Fernando Perez Vega, whom the officer had just taken a report on two days earlier for a theft. The officer remembered that Fernando doesn't have a driver's license, and he drives intoxicated often. He stated on the day he took the report for theft, Fernando was heavily intoxicated at 7:15 in the morning, and it was reported that he had driven to that location in that state. Fernando then stopped completely in the roadway to talk to someone. The officer then conducted a traffic stop. Fernando was found to be unlicensed with no warrants. Due to Fernando not speaking or understanding any English, they waited for Officer Castillo to arrive. Officer Castillo asked Fernando how many beers he had to drink, and he told him he had one 40 ounce beer. Officers noticed several cold and unopened alcoholic drinks in the truck. According to the report, Fernando was unable to perform the test, but he still had major signs of intoxication. Officer Castillo asked Fernando to submit a breath sample. Fernando did give a sample, and he tested positive for alcohol at a level of 0.228 grams BrAC. Officer Castillo transported Fernando to the Whitfield County Jail. Fernando advised Officer Castillo that he was a permanent resident of the United States. Fernando was charged with improper stopping on the roadway, driving while unlicensed, and driving under the influence of alcohol 0.08 grams or more.