NWGA Scanner | April 30th, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on April 23rd, 2021, at approximately 12:58 AM, Deputy Pack was dispatched to a vehicle crash in the 1200 block of Willowdale Road. The deputy arrived on the scene and observed a Toyota Scion off of the roadway and down a slight embankment. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Matthew Jared Hunt, 21 of Rossville, was still in the driver’s seat and was actively attempting to get the vehicle back on the roadway. According to the report, “Mr. Hunt was pushing the gas pedal, but the vehicle was not moving. There was a large amount of black smoke coming from around the vehicle where Mr. Hunt was burning the rubber off of the tires. Deputy Pack noticed that most of the tread was gone from the front tires where Mr. Hunt had been attempting to get the vehicle out.” When the deputy made contact with Hunt, he immediately noticed that Hunt’s eyelids were droopy, and his eyes were red and glossy. Hunt advised he had just left the Stay Lodge and was heading home to Fort Oglethorpe. According to the report, “As soon as Mr. Hunt began speaking, Deputy Pack noticed that his speech was slurred and his speech rate seemed slow. While speaking with Mr. Hunt, he pushed the gas pedal again as if he was attempting to get the vehicle back on the roadway. Deputy Pack instructed him to turn the vehicle off and asked Mr. Hunt to hand him the keys.” Once they were on the roadway, the deputy began to smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Hunt. According to the report, “When asked how much alcohol he had consumed, Mr. Hunt said “not much.” Deputy Pack asked him to clarify this statement and asked how much he had consumed. Mr. Hunt said that he drank a small bottle of Jim Beam earlier in the night.” Hunt showed several clues of impairment during field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. Hunt was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of 0.105. Hunt was charged with failure to maintain lane, no insurance, and DUI – alcohol – 0.08 grams or more. Hunt also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for theft by shoplifting. The warrant was taken by the Dalton Police Department.