NWGA Scanner | October 18th, 2022

Unlicensed teen arrested for DUI after causing crash while improperly passing in Dalton

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On September 28th, 2022, at 10:26 AM, Officer Marcus was dispatched to a vehicle crash at 610 Frazier Dr. Officer Marcus made contact with Brandon Ponce, 17, of Dalton and Licci. They advised the officer that Licci was the driver of the vehicle and Brandon was a passenger. They advised they were traveling south on Frazier behind a tan Chevy pickup truck. According to the report, “They stated that the truck took a wide left turn and that Licci attempted to pass the truck on the right-hand (west) side. They stated that the two vehicles crashed at that time.” The officer reported that during his initial contact, something appeared to be off about Brandon. Brandon completely avoided making any eye contact with him, and he let Licci do all the talking. Officer Marcus reported, “[I] got closer to Brandon and observed that his pupils were dilated and seemed much larger than normal. Brandon also spoke very slowly and seemed sluggish. All of his movements were slow, and when [I] asked him a simple question, he would take an unusually long amount of time before he answered me. [I] suspected that Brandon was under the influence of drugs. [I] then spoke with the driver of the other vehicle. He stated that the male (referring to Brandon), was actually the driver of the vehicle.” Brandon then advised the officer he was the driver and that Licci had come to the scene to pick him up. He advised he lied to the officer because he didn’t have a license. During field sobriety tests, Brandon showed several signs of drug impairment and was placed under arrest for DUI. Brandon agreed to the state testing of his blood. Brandon was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with DUI drugs less safe, driving while unlicensed, and improper passing.