NWGA Scanner | November 10th, 2022
According to a Dalton Police Department crash report, on February 23rd, 2022, at around 5:39 PM, A 2021 Ford F-150 being driven by Sheba Maree, 44, of Dunlap, TN, was traveling west on the North Dalton Bypass in the left-hand lane near Sawgrass Drive. A 1998 Ford F-150 being driven by Charles Beck, 57, of Dalton, was traveling west on the North Dalton Bypass in the left-hand lane. A 2014 Nissan Maxima being driven by Dianna Elm, 34, of Resaca, was also traveling west on the North Dalton Bypass but was uncertain of the lane at the time of the collision. According to the report, “Prior to the crash, there was a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Deputy that was behind a broke down vehicle with his emergency lights activated. He was facing east on the eastbound side of the road. Maree stated that she was traveling past a Whitfield County Sheriff’s car. She stated that once she had passed the vehicle, she was uncertain of what had happened. Beck stated that he was approaching the sheriff’s car, so he changed lanes to the left lane to move over for him. He stated that Maree’s Ford F-150 then came across the center turn lane and into his lane of traffic. The Ford sideswiped Beck going the opposite direction on the left side of his Ford F-150. Elm stated that she observed Maree’s Ford F-150 strike Beck’s Ford F-150. She stated that Maree’s then continued in front of her vehicle. She stated that Maree’s F-150 had turned to the point that she could see the passenger side of the F-150. Elm stated that she was unable to stop and collided with the left side of the F-150.” According to the report, the crash is still under investigation. Maree and Elm were both seriously injured in the crash and taken to Hamilton Medical Center by Hamilton EMS. Beck and passenger Kieth Beck, 57, of Dalton both suffered minor injuries and were transported to Hamilton Medical Center by Hamilton EMS. According to a incident report, Due to seriousness of the crash and the lack of reasoning given by Sheba to cross into oncoming traffic Officer Allen asked her if she had taken any medication or illegal substances. Officer Allen reported, “[I] advised Maree that the accident appeared to be her fault and that [I] was concerned if she was driving impaired. She stated that she was not and that she had only smoked marijuana. Blood work returned and showed that Maree was under the influence at the time of the crash. On October 19th, Maree was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with DUI (drugs), serious injury by vehicle and failure to maintain lane.