LaFayette man arrested for DUI after failing to maintain lane and using turn signal
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on Friday, February 7th, 2020, at approximately 1:21 AM, Officer Selby was patrolling the area of West Walnut Avenue near Market Street. The officer noticed a black 2014 Ford F-150 merge from the I-75 ramp to the left without a turn signal, as well as making the merge as the turn lane had ended. As the truck continued west on West Walnut Avenue, the pickup truck failed to maintain its lane by straddling the white line. The pickup truck then eventually merged completely into the left-hand lane without a signal. The officer then conducted a traffic stop on the truck, and as the pickup truck turned left into the Dalton Convention Center, the vehicle ran over the sidewalk. Officer Selby reported, "This is odd due to the entrance to The Dalton Convention Center being a rather large entrance which should be easy for any driver to pull into without making an impact with the sidewalk." The officer approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Christopher Lee Hasty, 46, of LaFayette. The officer could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. The officer also noticed that his eyes were extremely glassy and drooping, and his speech was slurred when talking. The officer also noticed Christopher's reflexes to be very slow when attempting to retrieve his driver's license, as someone under the influence of alcohol would be.The officer also noted that he had trouble exiting his vehicle when asked to step out. Christopher stated that he did not drink, and when asked if he had anything to drink at all, he stated no. The officer decided to perform a standardized field sobriety test to see if Christopher was safe to drive. While explaining the test to Christopher, the report said he seemed to have poor balance and trouble staying steady on his feet. He also seemed to have trouble understanding simple instructions. During the walk and turn test, he stated that the wind was blowing him over. Officer Selby reported, "This is odd due to the fact that [I] had not been blown off-balance". Christopher continued to complain about things affecting him, including the ground being a hill. The officer gave him other options, but he refused. The officer then approached Christopher with the Alco-Sensor, and he immediately refused to blow into the sensor. Christopher was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). While the officer searching Christopher, he stated, "How come I'm getting a DUI? I mean I ain't..I ain't that drunk." Christopher was read Georgia's Implied Consent notification and asked for his breath, which he refused. While en route to the Whitfield County Jail, Christopher asked the officer where they were going, to which the officer advised him the jail. He then asked why they were going there as if he forgot he was just arrested. Christopher was cited for or DUI, failure to maintain lane, and signal required when changing lanes.