NWGA Scanner | August 25th, 2021

Dalton man arrested for DUI after being found asleep on porch by homeowner in Walker County

According to a Walker County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on August 16th, 2021 at approximately 9:22 PM, Deputy Haven was dispatched to Stancell Circle Villanow in reference to a vehicle parked in the roadway and the driver was running down the road on foot. According to the report, Deputy Haven arrived on the scene a saw a 2002 GMC Sonoma parked at the stop sign on Highway 201 at highway 136. the truck had no lights on, and the driver, later identified as Andrew Jonah Bennett, 28, of Dalton, appeared to be asleep. According to the report, when deputy Haven got out with the vehicle, Bennett turned its hazard lights on. The witness approached the deputy and stated he was inside when he heard music coming from the vehicle from inside his house. After about 30 minutes, he decided to go and check out the music and found the truck empty, just sitting in the middle of the intersection, no one in or around it. The witness stated there were no lights on, nothing, just music blaring. According to the report, when the man went back to his house, he was advised by his wife that Bennett was asleep on the porch swing. Deputy Haven reported, “[I] asked Mr. (victim) if he had ever met him before, and he said, “[I] don’t know who he is. He just showed up on my porch. [I] woke him up and asked him what he was doing, and he said that his truck ran out of gas.” The man told Bennett that he needed to get his vehicle out of the roadway. Bennett left and went to his truck and sat in the driver’s seat. According to the witness, Bennett then spent the last 10 to 15 minutes attempting to start the truck. Deputy Kirby spoke with the 911 caller, who stated that Bennett left his truck and ran toward the Dollar General. Another driver came up to her store and said that a male matching the description of Bennett had tried to open his car door and get inside. When asked why he did that, Bennett stated, “[I] thought it was my car. It was a red 2007, no 2017 Dodge Charger.” The deputy noticed that Bennett was profusely sweating and that he was disoriented. Deputy Haven reported, “Mr. Bennett appeared tired and was falling asleep. Mr. Bennett’s eyes were glazed over. Bennett was asked if he would attempt any field sobriety tests, and he said, “No [I] don’t want to” Bennett was then placed under arrest for DUI driving under the influence. Bennett was read implied consent and stated, “No, [I] do not consent.” Deputy Haven then reported, “Bennet then said, “[I] don’t know, man. [I] was just sleeping on a porch. What is going on?” [|] then told him again that he was under arrest for DUI, and he said, “Victoria Washington? Why are we in Victoria, Washington!? Your sticker says Victoria Washington! How are you charging me with DUI!? I was just sleeping!?” The deputy then shut the patrol door and walked away. Bennett then asked, “When are we leaving for Victoria, Washington? [I] am tired of being back here.” The deputy advised him that he is not going to Victoria Washington, that he is going to the Walker County Jail.” According to the report, “Mr. Bennett then said “Well take me to jail then!” and started screaming and hitting the door and rocking the vehicle.”Bennett was booked into the Walker County Jail charged with DUI and loitering and prowling.