NWGA Scanner | August 10th, 2022

DUI driver seriously injured after running red light and crashing into tractor-trailer in Dalton

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On May 1st, 2022, at 2:45 AM, Officer J. Allen responded with several other officers to the intersection of Glenwood Ave and Springdale Road in reference to a serious two-vehicle crash. According to the report, Dispatch advised that a Ford Mustang had gone under the trailer of a CMV. Officer Allen reported, “The driver of the Mustang, Alexis De Santiago, 28, of Dalton, was in and out of consciousness. [I] observed that there was a large amount of blood coming from his head and face area. [I] also observed that the seat belt was unbuckled and was not stretched out as they normally do in a collision in which airbags are deployed. EMS arrived on the scene quickly thereafter and began to assist Alexis.” Officer Allen talked with several witnesses who advised the Mustang, who was driving at an extremely high rate of speed, to run the red light and collide with the CMV’s trailer. The Mustang continued under the trailer until it came out on the other side. Sgt Saylors began to mark roadway evidence while Officer Dykes completed a search warrant for Alexis’s blood. The roof to the Mustang was completely gone and was crumpled up just south of the trailer. Officer Allen did not observe any tire/braking marks on the roadway. This led the officer to believe the Mustang did not brake prior to the collision. MCCD Officer Skinner did an inspection and did not locate any violations on the CMV. The next day Officer Allen was advised by Alexis’s sister that he was in a medically induced coma and had been drinking alcohol at a party before driving. Shaw was able to provide Officer Allen with dash cam footage from the CMV involved in the crash. The video shows the CMV with a green left turn arrow. On July 12th, 2022, Alexis was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with DUI, and running a red light.