NWGA Scanner | June 7th, 2021
According to a Dalton Police Department crash report, on March 28th, 2021, at around 8:44 PM, a 2015 Kia Cadenza being driven by Michael Shane Maddox, 44, of Fort Oglethorpe was east on Chattanooga Road (Highway 41) and was turning left (north) onto the I-75 northbound entrance ramp from the turning lane. A 1997 Dodge Ram pickup being driven by Joseph Brown, 47, of Shelbyville, Kentucky, was west on Chattanooga Road in the center lane. According to the crash report, the driver of the Kia turned in front of the Dodge. The Dodge struck the Kia in the passenger side door area. The Kia left the roadway and came to rest in a grass area. While leaving the roadway, the Kia struck the concrete curb, breaking part of the curb away. Both vehicle’s final resting positions were facing eastbound. Dalton Traffic Enforcement Unit investigating Officer Colten Parker reported, “Officers on scene advised Maddox smelled of an alcoholic beverage and refused to perform field sobriety and implied consent. [I] was advised Maddox admitted to consuming one, then two margaritas prior to the crash. Maddox refused all medical treatment at the scene.” Maddox was transported by Officer Jenkins to Hamilton Medical Center for a blood alcohol test. According to the report, based on video viewed from RaceTrac, Brown had the right of way as he had a green light to proceed straight. Several witnesses stated that Brown had a green light and that Maddox did not stop prior to turning left. According to the report, a passenger in the Kia Amanda Smith, 42 of Chattanooga, was seriously injured in the crash. Joesph Brown was also injured as well in the crash. Both were transported by Hamilton EMS to Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton. On Tuesday, June 1st, 2021, Maddox was booked into the Whitfield County Jail charged by the Dalton Police Department with DUI more than .08 (after 3 hours), felony serious injury by vehicle (DUI), open container violation, and failure to yield.