NWGA Scanner | August 10th, 2022
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on July 11th, 2022, at 11:17 PM, Officer Hughes responded to a vehicle crash in the area of Thistle Drive. As the officer went on the scene, he was advised by the fire department the driver had fled the scene. As the officer was gathering information, he was advised by a Whitfield County fireman the driver, later identified as Andrew Magana, 21, of Dalton, was possibly in a house next door to the crash site at 1534 Thistle Drive). Officer Hughes reported, “[I] made contact with several people standing out in front of the residence. [I] was advised the driver of the vehicle was in the bathroom. This was about 20 minutes after [I] had arrived at the location. Prior to going to 1534 Thistle Drive, absolutely nobody had even attempted to make contact with me to advise me of the driver’s location.” As Magana came out of 1534 Thistle Drive, officers noticed he was very unsteady on his feet, and they also noticed his eyes were red and watery. Magana advised the officer his brakes failed, causing him to crash. Officer Hughes reported, “[I] advised Mr. Magana the brakes appeared to be working due to the skid marks left on the roadway. As Mr. Magana spoke, [I] could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. [I] asked Mr. Magana if he had anything to drink, and he advised no.” During field sobriety testing, Magana showed several signs of impairment and refused a portable breath test. Magana tensed up while being placed under arrest for DUI. Officer Bethune and Officer Hughes both pulled out their tasers. Once Magana saw the taser lights on his body, he complied and was placed in handcuffs. Magana then refused the state test and was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with DUI, driving too fast for conditions, and failure to maintain a lane. According to Dalton Police Department reports, Magana was arrested for DUI in March after an officer observed him speeding and driving all over the roadway.