NWGA Scanner | January 18th, 2021

Dalton man crashes vehicle and leaves scene after night out drinking at bar on New Year’s Eve

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, 2020, at approximately 10:42 PM, deputies responded to a vehicle crash on Waring Road at Freeport Road. Deputies located the vehicle, a red Mazda B2300 truck, in the ditch at the intersection. There were no occupants inside of the vehicle, and the driver later identified as Anthony Manis, 39, of Dalton, was not on scene. Two deputies went to the owner’s residence a few minutes from the scene on Neely Road. A deputy located the driver and brought him back to the crash scene. Manis said that he had consumed a beer and a half with some friends at Crescent City Tavern. He left the location while intoxicated and was driving home. Manis said that he was driving north on Waring Road and was turning left onto Freeport Road. While making the turn, Manis admitted that he took the turn too fast and ran into the ditch. He said that he walked home because he didn’t think it was a police matter. While speaking with Manis, the deputy detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person. The deputy also reported that his eyes also appeared to be glossy. Manis said he felt like he was safe to be operating a vehicle. Manis agreed to perform standardized field sobriety testing. During the second attempt at the one-leg stand test, Manis looked at the deputy and said, “that shit’s hard, man.” Based on the manner in which Mr. Manis was operating his vehicle, his manifestations of impairment, and the results of the field sobriety examinations, The deputy placed him under arrest for DUI. Manis agreed to a state test of his breath. Manis was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where a deputy obtained a BrAC of 0.142 (the lowest reading). Manis was charged with failure to maintain lane, leaving the scene of an accident, and DUI-alcohol-0.08 grams or more.