NWGA Scanner | May 29th, 2021

Dalton man arrested for DUI after crashing into mailbox and fleeing the scene in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on May 22nd, 2021, deputies were dispatched to the area of 4700 Mitchell Bridge Road in reference to a vehicle that had driven off the roadway into a ditch. Whitfield dispatch advised the caller could see the driver of the vehicle, a Hispanic male, walk away from the wreck and into the woods, telling the caller to “go away.” According to the report, “Once on Mitchell Bridge Road, Deputies Crosby and Pack located a Hispanic male, later identified as Jose Manuel Arredondo, 40, of Dalton, walking north. Deputies made contact with Mr. Arredondo, who stated he was walking from his cousin’s house on Miller Dr to his house on Mitchell Bridge Rd. Mr. Arredondo’s speech was slurred, and he mumbled when he spoke. He was also unable to stand still and would maintain balance by staggering. The odor of an alcoholic beverage could be smelled coming from his breath and person.” Whitfield County Fire located the 2008 GMC Yukon near 4767 Mitchell Bridge Road. According to the report, “Whitfield dispatch advised the vehicle’s registration returned to Mr. Arredondo.
Deputies then returned Mr. Arredondo to the vehicle. Mr. Arredondo advised he was driving home and drove off the roadway into the ditch. Deputy Crosby asked how many alcoholic beverages he had consumed. Mr. Arredondo stated that he had drunk alcohol. He then added that he was drunk and that he did not want to do the standardized field sobriety tests. He also stated that Deputy Crosby should take him to jail.” Arredondo showed several clues of impairment during the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test. Arredondo was then placed under arrest for DUI. The implied consent notice was read to Arredondo, who refused the test. According to the report, “Deputies surveyed the wreck and found that Mr. Arredondo had struck the mailbox belonging to 4767 Mitchell Bridge Road when he left the roadway. A deputy made contact with the owner and advised her. Arredondo was then transported to Whitfield County Jail, charged with DUI alcohol less safe, failure to maintain lane, and failure to notify the owner upon striking a fixed object.