NWGA Scanner | April 1st, 2021

Dalton man charged with DUI after crashing into guardrail and parked vehicle in Whitfield County

According to Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on March 24th, 2021, at approximately 6:53 PM, Deputy Pack was dispatched to an address on Cavender Road to a vehicle crash. The deputy arrived and observed a black Ford Ranger sitting in the driveway on Cavender Road. He could see tire marks in the roadway leading to a damaged guardrail, and the guardrail had struck a minivan that was parked at 812 Cavender Road. The deputy made contact with the homeowner, who advised that he and his family were inside when they heard the crash. When he walked outside, he observed the Ford Ranger had struck the guardrail. The impact caused the guardrail to hit his vehicle that was parked in the driveway, causing damage to the front end. The homeowner said that a female passenger in the Ford Ranger quickly left the scene after the crash. The deputy made contact with the driver of the Ford Ranger, identified as Jeremy Staton, 32, of Dalton. Staton was sitting in the driver’s seat of the truck, talking on his cell phone. He informed the deputy that he wasn’t sure what had happened and thought he might have struck something in the road. He kept apologizing to the deputy for wasting his time. The deputy noticed that his speech was slurred. When asked how much alcohol he had consumed today, Staton advised that he drank one beer earlier. After taking his chewing gum out of his mouth, the deputy began to detect the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Staton. Staton showed several clues of impairment during field sobriety examinations and was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. Staton advised that he would submit to the state test of his breath. Staton was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he gave a breath sample reading of .155. Staton was charged with failure to maintain lane and DUI – alcohol – 0.08 grams or more.