According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On February 12th, 2023, at 1:02 AM, Deputy Dennison and Deputy McClure were dispatched to 336 I-75 northbound in reference to a BOLO. A citizen called 911 and stated there was a vehicle driving all over the roadway. Dispatch advised deputies that the vehicle was a black Chrysler 300. Dispatch also advised deputies that the caller was in a white CMV without a trailer with their hazards on. According to the report, “Deputy Dennison got directly behind the offender’s vehicle and activated his front dash camera. Deputy Dennison observed the vehicle fail to maintain lane several times as well as ride on the lines of their lane. The vehicle also changed lanes from the middle lane to the left lane without using its turn signal. During changing lanes, the vehicle rode partially in the left lane and partially in the middle lane for several feet. The vehicle changed lanes again and went from the left lane all the way over to the right-hand lane. Deputy Dennison observed the vehicle weaving back and forth between the lines of the lane it was traveling in. Deputy Dennison also observed it failed to maintain lane again.” Deputy Dennison and Deputy McClure initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at exit 341. Tunnel Hill Police Department Officer Roberts arrived on the scene to assist. Deputies made contact with the driver, who was later identified as Davario Vonkeis Porter, 30, of Alabama, and advised him on why he was stopped. Deputy Dennison is certified in SFST (Standardized Field Sobriety Testing) and ARIDE (Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement). Deputy Dennison is trained on how to recognize indicators of both alcohol and drug impairment. Deputy Dennison immediately recognized that Porter’s eyes were bloodshot, which is an indicator of being under the influence of marijuana. Porter came back through NCIC as being unlicensed. During perform field sobriety exams, Porter showed several signs of cannabis impairment. Porter was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state test. According to the report, “When Deputy Dennison asked Mr. Porter where his friend lived, Mr. Porter stated that he lived in Indiana. Mr. Porter believed that he was close to Indiana.” After the urine and Porter was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with Drugs Less Safe, Failure to maintain lane, and Driving without a valid license.
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