NWGA Scanner | August 31st, 2021

Dalton man charged with DUI after crashing while backing out own driveway in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on August 24th, 2021, at approximately 6:08 PM, Deputies Pritchard and Thompson responded to 1428 Groves Road in reference to a vehicle crash. According to the report, “The caller reported to Dispatch that there was a vehicle in the ditch at this location. He reported he could only see the vehicle’s headlights, and the driver of the vehicle was trying to get the vehicle out of the ditch. The caller also reported the driver seemed as though he was possibly under the influence of either alcohol or drugs.” Deputies observed a gray Nissan Altima with Florida tag down a steep embankment approximately 30 feet off the roadway and into the wood line. The rear of the vehicle was facing the woods, and the front of the vehicle was facing north toward the roadway. A male, later identified as Aaron Micheal Kirby, 44, of Dalton, is sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. According to the report, “Deputy Thompson instructed Mr. Kirby to exit the vehicle. Mr. Kirby exited the vehicle and began walking toward the roadway. As Mr. Kirby was walking, Deputy Pritchard observed Mr. Kirby was walking slowly and was having difficulty keeping his balance.” Kirby advised he lives on Groves Road and was backing out of his residence. According to the report, Kirby advised he backed off the roadway and applied too much pressure to his breaks. According to the report, “Deputy Pritchard believes Mr. Kirby backed out of his driveway at a high rate of speed and did not try to stop or slow the vehicle until the vehicle was already off the roadway. Deputy Pritchard observed Mr. Kirby was chewing on Tic Tac breath mints. Deputy Pritchard smelled an odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from Mr. Kirby’s person. Deputy Pritchard also observed Mr. Kirby’s speech was slurred. Deputy Pritchard observed Mr. Kirby appeared uneasy on his feet and was having to concentrate in order to keep his balance.” During Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Kirby showed several signs of impairment. According to the report, “Deputy Pritchard asked Mr. Kirby if he had been consuming alcoholic beverages today. Mr. Kirby replied, “I drank a s**t ton last night”. Kirby then stated he woke up around 9:00 AM and had more alcoholic beverages. Kirby was placed under arrest and consented to the state-administered test of his breath. Kirby was transported to the Whitfield County Jail. According to the report, While waiting to take the state breath test, Kirby stated several times that he believed the test would show his blood/breath alcohol level to be over 0.20 grams. Kirby’s breath alcohol concentration showed to be 0.140 grams. Kirby was charged with failure to maintain lane, and DUI Alcohol, 0.08 Grams or More.