NWGA Scanner | June 22nd, 2022

Cohutta teenager arrested for DUI after crashing into tree and fleeing the scene on foot in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On June 15th, 2022, at 4:30 AM, Deputy Koehler and Deputy Fernandez responded to the area of Cedar Ridge Road near Chatsworth Highway for a report of a broken-down vehicle in the area. Deputies located an abandoned and disabled Toyota Tacoma in the 130 Block of Cedar Ridge Road. According to the report, “The Tacoma appeared to have been involved in a crash causing disabling damage to it due to running off the roadway and striking a tree. Deputies checked for any occupants inside the vehicle, and around the crash scene in case they got ejected but did not locate anyone.” Deputy Fernandez checked the nearby Circle K a couple of hundred feet from the crash and was advised by the clerks that about 5 minutes prior, a male with no shirt asked to use their phone. The person gave the address to the store so they could pick him up. In the meantime, Lt Callahan, Sgt Brunson, Deputy Smith, and Deputy Findley arrived in the area to help search for the male. Deputies searched the area for approximately 45 minutes to an hour but did not find the subject. A female, later identified as Payton Sawyers, arrived on the scene to pick up the driver, later identified as David Levi Sandoval, 19, of Cohutta. She advised deputies that David had called her and told her that he had crashed his truck and needed a ride. She stated that David provided her with the address to the store and seemed like he was in a rush. She stated that he asked her how long it would take her, and she told him it would take about 20 minutes. He then told her to make it 15 minutes and to hurry up. She that he had told her he had crashed his truck, but she didn’t know he was hiding from the police. She thought the police had told him to get a ride. Deputy Fernandez was clocking out and ending his shift as a 911 call came in from someone stating that they had David with them and were wishing to turn him in. David admitted to deputies that he had been drinking prior to driving. David was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC 0.009 on the state test several hours later after the crash. David was charged with failing to maintain a lane, duty to report after striking a fixed object, DUI less safe.