NWGA Scanner | August 18th, 2022

Rocky Face man arrested for DUI again after being seriously injured in crash on Utility Road in Whitfield County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On October 31st, 2021, at approximately 7:23 AM, Sgt. Zah was dispatched to a single-vehicle crash with injuries on GA 201 near Utility Road in Whitfield County. Sgt. Zah reported, “[I] responded to the location and found the crash located in the front yard of 661 Lafayette Road. Fire, Whitfield County Deputy Hackney, and TFC. Cantrell was already on scene. Based on the on and off roadway evidence and vehicle damage, the red 2007 Ford Truck was traveling south on GA 201 and ran off the roadway striking a tree. The driver did not apply any braking or attempt an evasive maneuver to avoid striking the tree. The truck was resting against the tree. Firefighters were actively extricating the driver (Brandon Daniel Martin Gray, 32, of Rocky Face). Gray could be heard screaming at times. Gray was bleeding from his face, and his legs were pinned under the dash due to the front dash caving in from the crash.” Deputy Hackney stated he knew Gray and the truck. Gray returned with a suspended Georgia Driver’s License for a DUI dating back to 2011. His license was suspended in March of 2012. According to the report, “Deputy Hackney also stated that Mr. Gray has a long history of being in and out of prison for DUI charges.” The trooper attempted to speak to Gray a few times, but he did not respond to him. He appeared to go in and out of consciousness. The trooper did locate marijuana and a glass pipe inside the vehicle. Gray was transported to Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga. An elderly gentleman arrived on the scene and advised the truck was his. According to the report, “The man stated he raised Mr. Gray and stated that he was recently released from prison. Mr. Gray was in prison because of dope. Mr. Dycus stated he loaned his truck to Mr. Gray’s girlfriend because hers broke down. Mr. Gray was not supposed to be driving his truck because his driver’s license was suspended. Mr. Dycus stated they had planned for Mr. Gray to get his license reinstated in the near future.” Gray suffered a serious head injury, broken femur, orthopedic injuries, and possibly more just by his visual evaluation from the MD at Erlanger. Because of Gray’s medical condition, warrants were obtained through Whitfield County Magistrate Judge Tom Phillips. On July 24th, 2022, at 11:35 PM, Sergeant Southern and Lieutenant Rann responded to an address on Logan Road in reference to a disturbance. All parties advised it was just a verbal argument and there was no need for criminal charges. Brandon Gray was on scene and showed to have two active warrants. Gray was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with possession of meth, possession and use of drug-related objects, DUI (multiple substances), driving with a suspended or revoked license, failure to maintain lane, and failure to maintain lane/driving on the wrong side of the road.