Unlicensed and uninsured drunk driver arrested after 911 call from concerned citizen in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On November 12th, 2022, at 4:49 AM, 911 communications placed a BOLO out regarding an impaired driver that could possibly be intoxicated driving a Grey Del Sol. According to the report, “911 communications advised the driver was coming from South Dug Gap Road heading towards the South Bypass. Deputy Long was traveling south on South Dixie Highway when a vehicle matching the description of the BOLO passed Deputy Long heading north on South Dixie heading to the city.” Deputy Long observed the driver, later identified as Jesus Valerio Reynoso-Mendez, 44, of Dalton, failing to maintain the lane multiple times. Deputy Long attempted a traffic stop on South Thornton at Central Avenue, but Jesus did not stop. Jesus continued going north on South Thornton, and Deputy Long had to apply her sirens to get Jesus to stop. Jesus looked very confused and kept slurring his words, saying, “I’m going home”. When asked if he was under the influence, Jesus stated, “no, I’m going home it’s right there”. Jesus advised he didn’t have a valid license and could only produce his permanent resident card. The tag returned to a 2010 Honda Accord. The VIN number was then run into GCIC/NCIC, and the return came back to a 1995 red Honda Del Sol. GCIC was showing that the vehicle was no longer registered and did not have valid insurance coverage. The deputy observed a strong smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from Jesus’s breath. During field sobriety tests, Lt. Rann observed several signs of impairment in Jesus, and Jesus showed a BAC of .2 on the PBT. Jesus was then placed under arrest for DUI. Jesus was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he refused the state test. Jesus was charged with DUI less safe, no Insurance, driving while not licensed, affixing a license plate, failure to maintain lane, and vehicle not registered.

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