Tunnel Hill man arrested for DUI after call of two drunk men arguing in Dalton

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On November 19th, 2022, at 4:39 AM, Deputy Carter was dispatcheAccording to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On November 19th, 2022, at 4:39 AM, Deputy Carter was dispatched to 2809 Chattanooga Road. Dispatch advised that someone had called in and stated that there were two males in a silver truck arguing, and they appeared to be under the influence. Deputy Carter saw a silver 1991 Mitsubishi Mighty Max truck occupied by two males. Deputy Carter made contact with the driver as he exited the vehicle and could immediately smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person. According to the report, “Deputy Carter introduced himself and explained why he was speaking with him. When the male began to speak back, Deputy Carter noticed that the smell of an alcoholic beverage intensified and was coming from his breath. Deputy Carter could also see the male staggering as if he was struggling to maintain his balance. Deputy Carter asked the male if he had anything to drink, and he advised, “not really”. He corrected himself and then said, “honestly, no.” Deputy Carter noticed that both of his eyes appeared to be red and glossy. He advised his name was Austin Dakota Harrison, 19, of Tunnel Hill. Deputy Carter spoke with passenger Austin Blake Townsend, 22, of Tunnel Hill, and immediately could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage from inside the truck as well. Deputy Carter could tell that the smell began to intensify when Townsend began to speak. Townsend advised he had been drinking and wouldn’t answer about Harrison. Harrison provided Deputy Carter with a Georgia driver’s license that was expired. During field sobriety testing, Harrison showed several signs of impairment and showed a BAC of .183 on a PBT. According to the report, “Deputy Carter asked Mr. Harrison again if he felt he was okay to drive. Mr. Harrison asked Deputy Carter if he wanted him to be honest with him. Deputy Carter advised that he would appreciate that. Mr. Harrison explained that he wished someone would just come to pick him up. Deputy Carter asked him again if he thought he was okay to drive, and he shook his head no. Mr. Harrison continued and stated that he would not drive in the state that he is in.” Harrison was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of .198 on the state test. Harrison was charged with DUI driving while under the influence less safe under twenty-one (21).

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