NWGA Scanner | May 12th, 2021

Chatsworth man arrested for DUI after leaving the scene of crash in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on May 6th, 2021, at 4:46 PM, Whitfield County Dispatch advised of a vehicle crash at Dawnville Road and Lower Dawnville Road. Dispatch further stated that the offender’s vehicle left the scene and was heading toward Murray County on Lower Dawnville Road. The description provided for the offender’s vehicle was gold in color Toyota Avalon. Lt. Lowery arrived on the scene and met with the victim, who advised that she was stationary at the stop sign on Dawnville Road and was struck in the rear of her vehicle by the gold Toyota passenger car displaying Georgia tag # PPR8233. According to the report, “Lt. Lowery requested dispatch run the tag for the Toyota. Dispatch advised that the registration came back out of Murray County, and Lt. Lowery requested that a deputy check the address for the offender.” The victim advised that the driver was an older male wearing a cap. She advised that the offender did not even stop and check on her he just kept going. She was visibly upset over the incident, according to the report. Murray County Sheriff’s Deputy Harper was able to make contact with the offender, later identified as David Micheal Goswick, 71, of Chatsworth, in his vehicle on Bryant Road. The address was not far from the Whitfield County line. According to the report, “Deputy Harper advised that Mr. Goswick appeared to be intoxicated and that his license was suspended. Lt. Lowery initially went to the location to issue citations due to Mr. Goswick’s health issues. Once on scene, Mr. Goswick appeared to be so intoxicated that he was not aware that he had even struck another vehicle. Mr. Goswick had very thick, slurred speech, and Lt. Lowery could see that he had a wet area around the crotch of his pants which appeared that Mr. Goswick had urinated himself.” A female who identified herself as Mr. Goswick’s wife advised that she wanted Deputies to know that Goswick was an alcoholic. According to the report, “Lt. Lowery went back to the car where Mr. Goswick was still sitting, and Mr. Goswick became loud and told Lt. Lowery that he had not been drinking. Mr. Goswick further stated that he did not hit another car when there was clear paint transfer on the front of the gold Toyota Avalon he was setting in.” Goswick was then placed under arrest for DUI. Goswick advised that he would not take the state-administered test of his breath. Deputies looked in the immediate area where Goswick was sitting in the car and located a black plastic bag in the center console with two empty cans of long island ice tea alcoholic beverages. Goswick also had another plastic bag where he had purchased even more alcohol that was unopened. Goswick was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with driving while license suspended, leaving the scene of an accident, open container, DUI- less safe, and following to close.