NWGA Scanner | July 20th, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on July 8th, 2021, at around 10:56 AM, Deputy Warren responded to 1947 Freeport Road in reference to a crash. According to the report, “On the scene, Deputy Warren spoke to the resident. He stated that he left the residence while gone. He said someone had crashed into the mailbox and chainlink fence.” The deputy investigated the scene and saw the fence bent along with debris oriented on the scene to show the vehicle was traveling southbound. According to the report, “The crash vehicle left some debris on the scene that indicated it was a silver Toyota. The vehicle was missing two silver mirrors that said Toyota and a portion of the front left silver bumper.” A witness advised that the location of the crashed vehicle was on Avenue F in Dalton, Ga, and was a 2006 Toyota Highlander. The witness wished to remain anonymous. According to the report, “Deputy Warren located the vehicle in the parking lot of 930 Avenue F. It was a silver Toyota Highland. Deputy Warren noticed the vehicle had two missing mirrors, missing a front left bumper, and missing parts matching the debris found on the crash scene. The vehicle had leaked a significant amount of fluid on the pavement, and the entire windshield was cracked in a spider-web manner.” The deputy arrived at the apartment and was greeted by a male, later identified as Preston Ray Branson, 32, of Dalton. Branson stated he knew why the deputy was there and then confessed to driving the vehicle during the crash. According to the report, “Deputy Warren noticed that the male showed signs of being heavily intoxicated. Deputy Warren asked if he had been drinking. Mr. Branson said he had drink fireball, but after he got home. Deputy Warren was unsure the male had been intoxicated during the crash.” Branson was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with hit and run, failure to maintain lane, duty upon striking fixed a object, and driving an unsafe vehicle.