NWGA Scanner | July 14th, 2021

Dalton woman charged with DUI in connection with December injury crash

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office crash report, on December 21st, 2020, at approximately 2:43 PM, Deputy B. Bryson was at the red light on Reed Road waiting to turn left onto the North Dalton Bypass. According to the report, “As Deputy Bryson got the green light, he started to turn left when he witnessed a motor vehicle crash.” The deputy observed a 2011 Cadillac Escalade stopped facing southbound at the red light on the North Dalton Bypass at Reed Road. The deputy observed a 2017 GMC Acadia being driven by Suzanne Renee Stanco, 59, of Dalton, slam into the rear of the Cadillac at a high rate of speed. Deputy Bryson had EMS be en route to check all occupants. A witness who also saw the crash advised Stanco also rear-ended the Cadillac on the North Dalton Bypass at the Thornton red light. The witness stated when the light turned green, Stanco was driving extremely slow and all over the roadway. He stated she continued to do this until she suddenly sped up and crashed into the rear of the Cadillac at the Reed Road red light. He stated Stanco never touched her brakes before crashing. According to the report, Stanco was stated she wanted to drive her vehicle home though her vehicle was not drivable. Stanco kept insisting she was driving her vehicle home. According to the report, “Stanco stated she was coming from her residence on Orchard Way, but her direction of travel suggests she was not coming from her residence, Ms. Stanco stated she doesn’t take any medication, and she had not taken any medication or drugs prior to driving.”The report stated, Stanco was having trouble standing stationary and had to lean completely on her vehicle to remain balanced. Stanco was also having trouble walking and had to have her hand on the vehicle to walk without stumbling or falling. Stanco advised the deputy she didn’t know what happened and was very confused. The deputy met with Stanco at Hamilton Medical Center and read her the Implied Consent Notice for Suspects Age 21 or Over and asked Stanco if she would consent to a blood test. According to the report, “Stanco stated she would consent to a blood test. Deputy Bryson obtained a GBI BA/Toxicology Kit and had a Hamilton Medical Center Nurse obtain Ms. Stanco’s blood.” According to the report, both occupants in the Cadillac suffered minor injuries. The report showed Stanco’s blood results returned, showing she had a BAC of .114. Stanco was arrested on July 8th, 2021, and booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with DUI-alcohol, 0.08g or more within three hours or more, and following too closely. According to Whitfield County arrest records, Stance has previous arrest for DUI.