NWGA Scanner | October 24th, 2021
According to a Whitfield County sheriff’s Office incident report, on October 12th, 2021, at around 11:30 PM, Deputy Corona was dispatched to 178 Cottonwood Mill Road in reference to a vehicle crash. According to the report, “According to the Whitfield County Dispatch, they informed the Deputy that the caller saw a man walking and screaming from the accident. Once Deputy Corona arrived to the scene, he noticed Tunnel Hill Police Officer Bell speaking with a male subject later identified as Robert Jordan Lay, 28, of Dalton. As the Deputy walked towards the Police officer and the subject, the Deputy could smell the odor of alcohol. When the Deputy spoke with the male subject, he noticed that the male subject had a slurred speech and red markings on his face. The Deputy had asked the male subject what had happened but did not get a clear answer from the subject.”The Deputy arrived at the crash scene and observed the vehicle had struck the side of the AAA Metal Fabrication building. According to the report, It was also discovered that Mr. Lay had been reported to The Whitfield County Dispatch to be on the lookout for Mr. Lay that he was driving under the influence of an unknown substance. According to the Tunnel Hill officer, Mr. Lay denied any involvement in the accident and that he blamed someone else. Deputy Corona Asked Mr. Lay how did the car make it to the back of the building, and Mr. Lay informed the Deputy that his mother had parked it there. According to the report, Mr. Lay denied any field sobriety tests. According to the report, “Deputy Spivey asked if Mr. Lay would blow on the Intoximeter, Mr. Lay accepted and blew a 0.296.” Mr. Lay was then placed under arrest for DUI and transported to the Whitfield County Jail. Lay showed a BAC of 0.205 on the state test. Lay was charged with DUI alcohol 0.08g or more within three hours or more duty upon striking a fixed object, and hit and run; driver to stop/return to accident scene.