Dalton woman arrested for DUI after running red light early Tuesday morning on Walnut Avenue
According to a Dalton Police incident report on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at around 3:27 AM Dalton Police Sergeant Zimmerman was stopped stationary facing eastbound at the intersection of West Walnut Avenue and Dug Gap Road. "While stopped [I] was observing any traffic and the light cycle." Sergeant Zimmerman stated. According to the report, an SUV accelerating southbound in an attempt to beat the red light, which was in the process of changing to red. As the vehicle continued to increase speed the light changed to red. The vehicle made a quick eastbound turn onto Walnut Avenue. Sergeant Zimmerman caught up to the vehicle, which was a 2003 Honda CR-V. "Once [I] activated the emergency lights, the driver changed lanes and continued to drive at a slow speed." Sergeant Zimmerman stated. The driver and vehicle did finally stop shortly after traveling a short distance down Walnut Avenue. Sergeant Zimmerman stated, "As [I] approached the vehicle, [I] made contact with the female driver." Identified as Ashton Leigh Gai-Lae Wong, 24, of West Walnut Ave., Dalton. Sergeant Zimmerman stated, "As Wong spoke to me [I] noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath." Sergeant Zimmerman continued to talk with her explaining the reason for the stop though Wong did not feel she had run the light. She stated, "It only changed red once she entered the intersection." Sergeant Zimmerman asked her how much she had to drink in which she said none. "I told Wong [I] could smell the alcoholic beverage and she needed to be honest." Sergeant Zimmerman stated. Wong then advised Sergeant Zimmerman she had a glass of wine with dinner around 10:30. Sergeant Zimmerman then requested another Officer be en route for field sobriety. Dalton Police Officer Porter arrived at the location of the traffic stop a short time later. Wong advised officers she had just left her boyfriend's house after dropping him and his friends off. Wong stated that her boyfriend and friends had been to The Oyster Pub & Grill for drinks as well as went to Applebee's. "[I] asked Wong if she had consumed any alcoholic beverages at either establishment, she replied two glasses of wine." Officer Porter stated. Officer Porter could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath/mouth area as well. Wong agreed to perform a few field sobriety tests to see if she was safe to drive home. Wong failed the field sobriety tests at times displaying a lack of coordination and difficulty standing according to the report. Officer Porter had Wong do a field Alco-Sensor test where Wong had to be instructed several times to blow in the tube. Officer Porter reported that Wong would not insert the tube past her teeth, then would blow for roughly half a second, stop, then continue blowing which forced the Alco-Sensor to give a failed reading. After several failed attempts, a reading of .136 was obtained. During the tests, Wong was then placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. [I] then read wong Georgia's Implied Consent notification for driver' s above the age of 21 and requested to test for blood, Wong replied, "Yes"." Officer Porter Reported. Wong was transported to the Hamilton Medical Center where the blood kit was completed by hospital staff. She was then booked into the Whitfield County Jail on charges of DUI and running red light.