NWGA Scanner | November 12th, 2021

Dalton woman arrested for DUI after leaving the scene of crash on the Bypass in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On November 5th, 2021, at approximately 8:54 PM, Deputy Findley was dispatched to a vehicle crash on South Bypass south of Chatsworth Highway. According to the report, “Deputy Findley arrived and located a silver Nissan Versa that had crashed into the guard rail on the right shoulder of the southbound side of South Bypass. Deputy Findley approached the vehicle and noticed that it was unoccupied, so he checked the immediate surroundings but did not locate anyone. Deputy Findley did locate a driver’s license for Ms. Brittany Bartczak, 31, of Dalton. Deputy Findley also noticed an open beer can in the driver’s floorboard, as well as unopened beer cans in the passenger floorboard. Deputy Findley also located a pipe with burnt marijuana residue in the center console.” The tag was returned through GCIC, showing the vehicle had no valid insurance. Deputy Fernandez responded to Bartczak’s address and transported her back to the scene. According to the report, “Deputy Findley asked Ms. Bartczak if she was just driving this car, and she advised that she was driving this car when it crashed. Ms. Bartczak stated she was driving southbound on South Bypass, and she looked down at her car screen, and when she looked up, something ran out in front of her, so she swerved.” Ms. Bartczak advised why and how she left, but it didn’t make any sense to deputies. According to the report, Ms. Bartczak denied the alcoholic beverage cans inside the vehicle being hers and wasn’t sure how they got inside. She was asked if she had any alcoholic beverages to drink when she got home after this crash, and Bartczak stated she did not. During field sobriety testing, Bartczak showed several signs of impairment. According to the report, “Deputy Findley then asked Ms. Bartczak where she was coming from, and she advised she was coming from Walnut Hill Farms where she was working as a caterer at a wedding. Deputy Findley then asked Ms. Bartczak if she had anything to drink at the wedding, and she said no.” Deputy Findley then asked Ms. Bartczak if she was drinking while driving down the road, and then Ms. Bartczak said, “alright I did have a shot of whiskey, I did have like three shots of whiskey while I was there.” Bartczak refused the State Administered Tests and was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with DUI-alcohol, fail to maintain lane, no insurance, open container, the duty of driver to stay or return to the scene of accident, and possession of drug-related objects.