NWGA Scanner | March 2nd, 2022

Drunk driver arrested after Dalton PD officer observes vehicle from 911 call driving all over the roadway

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on February 20th, 2022, at 2:50 AM, Officer McBrayer was stationary on West Walnut Avenue near the intersection with Lake Shore Drive. According to the report, “Dispatch advised that there was a white Jeep that had just left the Red Roof Inn on West Walnut Avenue traveling east with an intoxicated driver behind the wheel.” Officer McBrayer reported, “As [I] was passing Kroger, a white in color Jeep Cherokee passed me going the opposite direction. [I] then conducted a u-turn as the vehicle was turning north onto Tibbs Road. After the vehicle negotiated the left curve north of Maple Way, the driver did not straighten the wheel and drove into the oncoming lanes of travel. Just before running off the road, the driver turned right and began negotiating the right curve at Emery Street on the wrong side of the roadway. When the curve ended, the driver continued to steer right until coming back into the proper lane of travel, and just prior to hitting the right curb, they straightened the vehicle back out to travel north in the proper lane.” The officer then initiated a traffic stop after observing the vehicle all over the roadway. The officer made contact with the driver, identified as Jason Chase Fauscett, 21, of Tunnel Hill, and reported he could immediately see that he was intoxicated by the way his eyes were half open and his head was swaying while seated in the vehicle. Officer McBrayer reported, “As he exited the car, he was unsteady on his feet and was swaying while he was walking. [I] asked Jason how much he had to drink tonight, and he stated, “A little bit.” While doing field sobriety testing, Jason advised the officer, “We don’t even have to do this, I know I have done some dumb s**t.” Jason then showed a BAC of .311 grams of alcohol on his breath on a PBT. Jason was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with DUI alcohol, driving on the wrong side of the road, failure to maintain a single lane.