Dalton woman arrested for DUI after speeding through the Walnut Square Mall parking lot Saturday
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report Saturday, January 26th, 2020, around 1:19 AM, several Dalton Police officers were sitting in the east parking lot at 816 Walnut Square Blvd when they witnessed a vehicle enter the southwest parking lot driving at a high rate of speed that was "too fast for conditions." Officers initiated emergency equipment and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. After making contact with the driver, Maricruz Lopez-Flores, 20, of Dalton, the officer got an overwhelming smell of perfume. The officer asked her if there was any reason for her driving. Maricruz stated that the driver behind her was following her, and she was trying to get away. Maricruz stated that the driver following was a co-worker who wanted to get with her, but she didn't want to have a relationship with him. Another officer was speaking with the other driver, who informed them he was following Maricruz to ensure she made it home safely due to the fact she was "tipsy." Officers observed that Maricruz appeared to have trouble maintaining her balance. An officer asked Maricruz how much she had been drinking. Maricruz answered that she consumed approximately two beers around 9-10 PM. Officers Perform field sobriety tests on Maricruz to ensure she was safe to drive. Maricruz showed many clues displaying that she was DUI. The last test that officers explained and demonstrated to Maricruz was the field Alco-Sensor test. During this test, she showed a breath alcohol content of .105. Maricruz was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), and read Georgia's Implied Consent under the age of 21 notification at the scene. Maricruz was transported to the Whitfield County Jail. Maricruz gave a breath sample on the Intox 9000 machine and showed a blood alcohol count (BA). Of .128 and .113 grams of alcohol. Maricruz was cited for DUI under the age of 21 and too fast for conditions.