Dalton woman arrested for DUI after traffic stop for speeding Sunday morning in Dalton
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on Sunday, January 12th, 2020, at approx. 10:09 AM, while patrolling the area of East Walnut Avenue and Riverbend Road, Dalton Patrol Officer Fouts was running radar enforcing speed. Officer Fouts observed a black 2009 Lexus SUV to be traveling above the posted speed limit of 45 MPH. Officer Fouts activated his radar and observed the speed to be at 57 MPH, 12 MPH over the posted speed limit. Officer Fouts locked the speed on his radar. The Lexus then flipped a u-turn in front of me and proceeded back westbound towards Riverbend Road. When Officer Fouts finally caught up to the vehicle and activated his emergency lights. The Lexus pulled into the plaza Loa parking lot. As the officer pulled in behind the SUV, the driver identified as Blanca Elia Cantu, 50, of Dalton, jumped out of the driver's seat. Cantu waved at Officer Fouts and attempted to walk away from the vehicle. Officer Fouts made contact with Cantu and advised her of the reason for the traffic stop. According to the report, Cantu appeared to be very upset about the encounter and traffic stop. She stated to the officer that she might have been speeding. As Cantu was talking with the officer, he detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her person. Officer Fouts continued with normal traffic stop procedures. When Officer Fouts returned to speak with Cantu about a radar calibration check, which is required by the State of Georgia, he again detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her. Cantu advised Officer Fouts that she did not care about the calibration check. Officer Fouts then asked Cantu about the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her person. Cantu rolled her eyes and advised the officer she had only had a little bit to drink; she advised the officer that the last drink she had was about 3-6 hours ago. Officer Fouts asked Cantu if she would take several tests to prove that she was not intoxicated and was okay to drive. Cantu advised the officer that she would take the tests. Officer Castillo arrived on the scene and attempted to conduct the HGN test on Cantu. Officer Castillo advised Officer Fouts shortly after he started that he was not going to be able to do the test due to Cantu not following instructions for the test. During the other test Officer Fouts noticed that Cantu couldn't balance during instructions starts too soon, stops while walking, misses heel-to-toe, steps offline, uses arms to balance, improper turn, and the incorrect number of steps. During the one-leg stand, Cantu uses arms to balance and puts foot down. Cantu then blew into the handheld Alco-Sensor, and she did blowing a .19 BrAC. Cantu was arrested and transported to the Whitfield County Jail. She blew a .171 BrAC on the state test. Officer Fouts filled out an ALS form and served her with it. Her license was taken and placed in the envelope with the ALS form to be sent to the Georgia Department of Driver Services. Cantu was charged with DUI and speeding.