NWGA Scanner | July 5th, 2021

Rocky Face man arrested for DUI after crashing truck on Mill Creek Road in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on June 21st, 2021, at approximately 1:44 AM, Deputy Pack was dispatched to Mill Creek Road near Quarles Road in reference to a vehicle crash. According to the report, “Upon arrival, Deputy Pack observed a large debris field and a Dodge pick-up truck with extensive damage resting against a tree. Members of the Whitfield County Fire Department were attending to a male subject, later identified as Alex McAtee, 25, of Rocky Face. Mr. McAtee was the only one around the vehicle, and there was no indication there were any other occupants in the vehicle.” The deputy spoke with a nearby resident who lives on Mill Creek Road. He advised that he was sitting on his front porch when he heard a vehicle accelerating at a high rate of speed. According to the report, “He estimated that the vehicle was traveling approximately 70 miles per hour when it passed his residence. He stated that he saw sparks and then heard the vehicle crash.” McAtee decided that he did not want to go to the hospital. He had a cut on the left side of his head but signed a refusal to be transported. According to the report, “Deputy Pack began speaking with Mr. McAtee and could smell a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his person. He informed Deputy Pack that he had been drinking all night. When Deputy Pack asked Mr. McAtee what happened, he advised that someone stole his truck and said that he was not driving. He could not tell Deputy Pack who stole his truck.” McAtee was unsteady on his feet, and he was staggering. Since there was no evidence indicating there was anyone else driving the vehicle, the deputy asked McAtee if he would do some field sobriety testing. McAtee showed several clues of impairment during the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test. McAtee was placed under arrest for DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol. While being transported to the Whitfield County Jail, McAtee began complaining of his neck and shoulder hurting and requested to go to the hospital. McAtee agreed to the state blood test. Deputy Pack obtained a warrant for him for failure to maintain lane, too fast for conditions, and DUI – alcohol – less safe.