NWGA Scanner | October 14th, 2021
According to a Dalton Police Department crash report, on October 1st, 2021, at around 5:15 PM, a Dodge Charger being driven by Lashe Bowman, 17, of Dalton, was traveling west on Hawthorne Street, approaching the 90 degrees right turn near Clark Street. A fully marked 2015 Ford Taurus Dalton Patrol being driven by an officer was traveling south on Hawthorne Street from Clark Street, approaching the 90-degree curve. According to the report, The officer stated that he was traveling south on Hawthorne Street approaching the curve when he saw the Charger approaching from his left. He stated that he saw the vehicle but did not realize the distance until Bowman had already struck him in the driver’s side of his vehicle. Bowman stated that she was traveling west on Hawthorne Street approaching the curve. She stated that as she negotiated the curve, she turned wide and struck the driver’s side of the patrol vehicle. The parol vehicle had an operational dash camera facing forward on the vehicle, which showed that the officer was traveling south on Hawthorne Street at 12 miles per hour approaching the curve. You can see the Charger attempting to negotiate the curve and was unable to maintain her side of the roadway. This action caused her to drive straight into the driver’s side of the patrol vehicle deploying the airbags totaling the patrol vehicle. The officer suffered minor injuries in the crash. Bowman, Joseph Fernandez, 18, of Dalton, and two other juvenile teenagers in the Charger were not injured. Bowman was cited for violation of driving restrictions and failure to drive on the right side of the roadway.