Dalton teen charged with DUI after crashing into power poles while driving intoxicated
According to a Dalton Police department incident report on Thursday, March 12th, 2020, officers responded to the area of West Morris Street at South Glenwood Avenue in reference to a vehicle that had taken out two power poles. Once on the scene, they observed a silver Infiniti G37 that was sitting stationary eastbound against one power pole. Just west of the vehicle, another power pole that had been broken completely apart at the base of the pole along with debris from the silver G37 around it. Once the officer went to the vehicle, he observed the driver identified as Emmanuel Corona, 18, of Dalton sitting calmly on his phone as if nothing happened. As soon as he opened the driver's door, he immediately smelled the odor of marijuana. The officer asked what was going on, and Corona said: "Man, I hit some poles man.". Corona then stepped out of the vehicle, and when he did so, the officer observed that he was very uneasy on his feet. He had trouble maintaining his balance. The officer detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person/mouth area. The officer also observed that Corona's eyes were very red and glassy. Corona stated that he was coming from his friend's house. He admitted to the officer to smoking marijuana. The paramedic asked him what time he thought it was, which Corona stated 1:00 AM when it was actually 6:07 AM. The paramedic then told Corona that his heart rate was really high and stated several times that he believes he should go to the hospital. Corona immediately refused to go to the hospital though his heart rate was 150 to 160. Corona was then asked to perform standardized field sobriety to see if he was safe to drive. During the test, Corona displayed a lack of coordination, difficulty standing, and exceptionally poor, slurred, mumbled speech. The last test was the field Alco-Sensor test. Corona showed a breath alcohol content of .149. At the Whitfield County Jail, Corona gave a breath sample on the Intox 9000 machine and showed a blood alcohol count (BA) of .150 and .150 grams of alcohol. Corona was cited for DUI- under age 21 .02% or more, underage consumption, and failure to maintain lane.