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Dalton woman charged with DUI after nearly hitting several vehicles head-on in Whitfield County

Updated: Sep 28

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff's Office incident report, on September 16th, 2020, several deputies responded to the area of Walnut Avenue and Abutment in reference to a possible DUI driver almost hitting vehicles head-on. Dispatch stayed on the line with the caller and advised updates on the vehicle's location. Dispatch updated the actions of the driver later identified Perez-Ojeda, 30 of Dalton, driving into oncoming traffic on Walnut Avenue, almost hitting cars head-on, driving in the center turn lane, and almost striking a guard rail. Deputies caught up with the vehicle on Antioch Road. Lt O'Mahony got out with the 2014 Chevy Cruze in the apartment parking lot on Antioch Road. Alma was passed out in the driver seat and had to be awakened by the deputy. Alma stated she would not take the field sobriety test at first. Alma did not want to be taken into custody and resisted arrest. Alma stated she would take the field sobriety tests. During the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, Alama showed several clues of impairment. While explaining the one-leg stand test, Alma advised the deputy she could not and would not complete any more tests. Alma would cooperate with deputies. Alma advised she was returning from Chattanooga. A deputy read Alma the Georgia Implied Consent for persons over the age of 21 and stated she would not take the State Administered Test. Another deputy spoke to the concerned citizen/witness. He advised had first noticed Alma on Walnut Avenue at Thornton Avenue as he was Westbound. He advised Alma was eastbound and came into his lane, almost hitting him head-on. The concerned citizen advised he turned around and began to follow Alma, calling 911 to report the possible drunk driver. He advised Alma again went into oncoming traffic, almost hitting several other cars head-on while on Walnut Avenue before turning south on Abutment Road. The concerned citizen followed Alama until the deputy found her parked, taking up two parking spots. Alma was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with failure to maintain a single lane, improper stopping, standing parking, DUI, and license not on person. While being booked, Alma continued to be uncooperative and verbally abusive toward the female booking officer. When Booking attempted to get Alma to be checked on the Alcosensor, Alma refused. The booking officer stated she had had a very strong odor of the smell associated with some type of alcoholic beverage.