NWGA Scanner | September 5th, 2022
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On August 25, 2022, at 5:32 PM, Deputy Sharpe was dispatched to a single-vehicle crash at 114 Stafford Way. According to the report, “The caller advised that the driver was under the influence. Deputy Sharpe observed a maroon Thunder Bird in a ditch on Cohutta Beaverdale facing northbound right next to Stafford Way. Deputy Sharpe could see marks where the vehicle turned out of Stafford Way to go northbound onto Cohutta Beaverdale. Deputy Sharpe observed the Georgia tag, which was assigned to a 2003 Toyota Camry. NCIC showed the vehicle had unconfirmed insurance status.” The deputy then spoke with the driver, later identified as David Craig Peden Jr., 59, of Cohutta, and could smell an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. When asked if he had anything to drink, Peden stated he had a little bit. Deputy Sharpe asked what’s a little bit, and Peden stated that he was on private property. Peden then stated a couple. Peden would go on to say he had a beer or two. During field sobriety testing, Peden showed several signs of impairment. While being arrested for DUI, Deputy Sharpe noticed that Peden had soiled himself and smelled like urine. Peden was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he refused the state test and was charged with DUI driving under the influence less safe, failure to maintain lane, driving while revoked, concealing the identity of a vehicle, and insurance requirements.