NWGA Scanner | December 9th, 2021

Dalton man arrested for DUI after following estranged wife and attempting to crash into her in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on December 1st, 2021, at approximately 10:31 PM, Deputy Findley and Deputy Fernandez were dispatched to the Pilot at 142 Carbondale Road in reference to a domestic disturbance. Dispatch advised that the female caller was followed to the Pilot by her husband, Joe Bradley Combast, 48, of Dalton. Dispatch also advised that Joe was driving around in circles in the parking lot in a red Dodge Dakota. Dispatch also advised that she believed Joe had been drinking alcohol. According to the report, “Deputy Findley observed the red Dodge Dakota driving slowly toward the victim’s vehicle. Once Deputy Findley’s patrol car was close to the Dakota, it turned and started driving toward the exit, so Deputy Findley activated his blue lights and stopped the Dakota. Deputy Findley was able to immediately verify that the driver was Joe and noticed that his eyes had a glossy appearance to them.” Deputy Findley then asked Joe what was going on between him and the victim. Joe said he was just coming over here to check on her because he thought she was sleeping in the car. Joe then later denied following her to this spot, that he just happened to pull in and she was here. According to the report, “The victim stated that she was driving around the roundabout and saw Joe’s truck and then Joe sped up attempting to hit her vehicle. The victim said she pulled into the Pilot and called 911 for help. A random citizen who was just walking by confirmed the victim’s story to deputies and advised he heard Dakota’s engine revving very loud. After explaining what he witnessed, the citizen just walked away and left the scene. The victim explained that Joe has been very aggressive, and they are currently going through a divorce. She stated Joe’s actions put her in fear of being seriously hurt. Deputy Findley referred her to the District Attorney’s office to get a Temporary Protective Order against Joe. According to not the report, “Deputy Findley asked Joe if he had any alcoholic beverages to drink, and he advised that he did, and also stated, “if you’re gonna take me to jail, just take me.” Deputy Findley then asked Joe how much alcoholic beverages did he have to drink, and Joe just stared at Deputy Findley and would not answer the question.” During field sobriety tests, Joe showed several signs of alcohol impairment. Joe then agreed to the state testing of his breath. he said yes that he would submit to the state-administered chemical test of his breath. Deputy Fernandez had responded to the scene a few minutes prior and stood by with the Dodge Dakota while Lovers Lane Towing, owner’s request, responded to the scene and took over possession of the vehicle. Joe was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of .229 grams. Joe was charged with disorderly conduct and DUI- alcohol.