NWGA Scanner | August 12th, 2021

Drunk driver crashes into power pole, fire hydrant, fence, signposts and leaves the scene in Dalton

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on August 6th, 2021, at approximately 9:42 AM, Officer Lewis was driving south on Riverbend Road when he observed a vehicle driving north on Riverbend Road. Officer Lewis reported, “[I] observed that this vehicle’s front end was against the ground and that sparks were being created from going across the road. [I] also observed that the airbags in the vehicle had been deployed. This vehicle also had both of the front tires completely blown off, and the rims were the only thing making contact with the road as it drove. The front end of this vehicle was also bent inward as if it had hit some kind of large pole. There was also a metal pole that was not part of the actual vehicle stuck through the front end of this vehicle. Between the rims of the truck, and the other metal on the vehicle being in direct contact with the pavement, this was creating a large number of sparks as it drove along the roadway.” According to the report, Officer Lewis then activated his emergency equipment and attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle then turned west onto Riverbend Drive, where the officer was able to catch up to this vehicle. According to the report, “The vehicle then swerved across the roadway, and outside of its own lane, and ran over the left side curb while hitting a couple of signposts.” Once stopped, the driver identified as Brandon Scott Stanley, 33 of Dalton, then opened the driver’s door and jumped out of the vehicle running on foot. Officer Lewis reported, “Stanley then proceeded to run away from my vehicle. [I] parked my vehicle and also exited my vehicle, and began to chase Stanley on foot. While chasing, Stanley [I] told him to get on the ground, which he ignored and continued to run. After a short foot chase, Stanley slipped and fell into a ditch on the side of the road. At this time, [I] pointed my taser at Stanley and told him to stop running. [I] also demanded that he show me his hands, which he did.” The officer kept his Ta┼čer pointed at Stanley until other officers arrived on the scene and placed Stanley in handcuffs. Stanley then agreed to take a mobile Alco-Sensor breath test, which yielded a BAC result of 0.17. Stanley also agreed to submit to the state breath test. According to the report, Officer Lewis then located Inside of the driver’s door cup holder a mostly empty can of beer. Officer Lewis reported, “It was learned that this vehicle had been in another wreck at another location. In this wreck, he also failed to maintain his lane and wrecked and then continued on without stopping. Gaining new information from the other wreck, [I] learned that this vehicle had hit a power pole, fire hydrant, and a fence. Hitting a fire hydrant and power pole would create damage consistent with the front of the vehicle is bent inward. The pole that was sticking out of the front end of this vehicle [I] learned belonged to the fence that it had driven through as it drove over curbs and all of the other debris that would cause damage to the front tires. Stanley was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he refused the state breath test. Stanley was booked into the jail charged with DUI, open container violation, misdemeanor willful obstruction of law officers, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and hit and run.