Duo charged with DUI after switching seats in bank parking lot while drunk Friday night in Dalton
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on Friday, January 31st, 2020, at approximately 8:30 PM, Officer Bethune was dispatched to 1300 West Walnut Ave, the Regions Bank, in reference to a possible intoxicated driver. Dispatch advised the officer that the vehicle was a gold Ford Sedan with a paper tag. The caller, a Chawtsorth man, advised dispatchers that the vehicle had a female driver and a male passenger. Officer talked with the complainant later, who advised that the vehicle displayed very erratic driving. He stated that while approaching the Christ Community Church (808 West Walnut Ave), he observed the vehicle with no headlights on. He stated he observed it almost strike a curb twice. He advised that when the vehicle turned right onto Tibbs Road, the vehicle struck the curb. The complainant followed them into the bank parking lot, advising Whitfield County 911 of everything happening. As Officer Bethune pulled in, he observed a male sitting in the driver's seat of the vehicle later identified as a gold 2005 ford five hundred. The patrol car was facing the front of the suspect vehicle when the male then put the vehicle in drive and started to drive around the patrol car. The officer exited his patrol car and told the driver later identified as Ryan Bailey Welch, 21, of Morganton, Georgia, to stop. Welch stopped the vehicle and turned off the vehicle. The officer advised Welch what was going on. The officer noticed the female, later identified as Lauren Amber Kaylor, 29, of Dalton, was sitting in the passenger seat. After being asked, Ryan stated that Lauren was the one originally driving, and they switched because she was too intoxicated. The officer observed many indicators that show both were intoxicated. Ryan stated that he had drunk approximately 2-3 beers when asked by the officer. Officer Hefner was on scene as well assisting. Officer Hefner reported, "[I] had to open the passenger door due to the extended amount of time that it was taking the Lauren to exit." "Once Lauren stepped out of the vehicle, she almost fell, [I] also smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her person (specifically her mouth)." Officer Bethune then had Ryan step out of the vehicle and asked if he would submit to a series of field sobriety tests. Ryan showed many clues during the tests displaying that he was DUI. During the field Alco-Sensor test, Ryan registered positive for alcohol with a reading of 0.130 BrAC. Officer Johnson, who was on scene, also asked Lauren if she would submit to a series of field sobriety tests to determine her ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. Lauren agreed to take the tests. Officers later stopped the tests, afraid she might fall and hurt herself due to the intoxicating state she was in. Lauren performed the Alco-Senor test, where she registered positive for alcohol with a reading of 0.218 BrAC. Both Ryan and Lauren were placed under arrest and advised that they were under arrest for driving under the influence. Officer Bethune read both suspects Georgia Implied consent, and both agreed to take the state-administered chemical test for breath. Both were transported to the Whitfield County Jail. An officer then administered the state-administered chemical test of both suspect's breath using the Intox 9000. Lauren registered a 0.249 BrAC ,and Ryan registered a 0.124 BrAC. Both were booked into the jail charged with DUI alcohol 0.8g or more.