NWGA Scanner | September 20th, 2022

Ringgold man arrested for DUI after causing serious head-on injury crash on Highway 151 in Catoosa County

According to a Georgia State Patrol crash report, on September 13th, 2022, at 7:58 PM, a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado being, driven by Hunter Morris, 30, of Ringgold, was traveling north on GA-151, negotiating a curve near Parton Lane. A 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, being driven by Jeremy Hankins, 45, of Menlo, was traveling south on GA-151, negotiating a curve near Parton Lane. According to the crash report, “Morris failed to maintain his lane and crossed the center line. The Silverado struck the front driver’s side of Colorado with the front driver’s side of the Silverado. Alter impact Colorado began to rotate counter-clockwise and struck the guardrail face with the passenger side rear of Colorado. Morris stated that the other vehicle traveled into his lane. Hankins stated that he attempted to swerve to the right as the other Silverado traveled into his lane. Both Jeremy Hankins and son Colton Hankins, 16, of Menlo, were entrapped in the crash and injured. After being extracted from Colorado, they were rushed to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. Morris was not injured in the crash and refused EMS. According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, Trooper Stephens noticed while speaking with Morris that he was extremely talkative and had a hard time standing on his feet. Trooper Stephens reported, “[I] observed that both of Mr. Morris’s eyelids were droopy, and his pupils were constricted. [I] also observed that his eyes were bloodshot, and he was confused at times. [I] asked Mr. Morris where he was coming from, and he advised he was coming from County Line Road.” Prior to the crash, Catoosa County 911 dispatch gave out a BOLO for the gray Chevrolet Silverado traveling north on GA-151. The caller advised that Morris was passed out behind the wheel in the Dollar General parking lot near GA-151 and County Line Road. They advised that Morris woke up and began traveling north on GA-151 and was all over the road. During Standardized Field Sobriety tests, Morris showed several signs of impairment. Morris was placed under arrest for DUI Driving Under the Influence and read Georgia Implied Consent Noticed. Morris stated to the trooper he wanted to speak to his lawyer. Morris was booked into the Catoosa County Jail, charged with DUI and failing to maintain a single lane.