Unlicensed driver found with meth and fake ID during traffic stop for headlights in Dalton

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On May 13th, 2023, at 12:53 AM, Officer Cook witnessed a black Chevrolet at the intersection of Woodpark Drive and Abutment Road without their headlights on. Officer Cook then conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, Carlos Lopez Miranda, 24, of Dalton. Lopez said that he didn’t speak English and advised he didn’t have a license. Once Officer Ellenburg arrived, they took Lopez into custody. Officer Cook reported, “While searching him, we found a glass meth pipe, wrapped in tissue paper and a soft sunglass case just below his waistband, in the front. Lopez was trying to pull away and reach for his pockets. Officer Cruz arrived and spoke with the family of the arrestee. While [I] secured Lopez in the back seat of my patrol car, one of the other officers located a clear crystal-like substance [I] suspected to be meth, based on my knowledge, training, and experience, wrapped in two separate plastic corner baggies along with a fake Georgia identification. We found the name on the I.D. to be correct, the license number came back to another subject who was not involved.” Lopez stated that he was a citizen of Mexico. Lopez was then transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he was charged with headlights required, driving without license, possession of meth, possession of tools for the crime, false I.D., and identity fraud.

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