Dalton Public Schools Deputy Superintendent arrested for DUI after crashing into ditch in Dalton

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On January 20th, 2023, at 6:23 PM, Officers McBrayer and Warren responded to the area of 825 Chattanooga Avenue in reference to a vehicle crash. Officer Warren arrived and observed that MPO McBrayer was standing by a large ditch on the west side of the road. Down in the ditch was a silver Honda Accord. A male, identified as the driver, Wiley Dailey, also identified on Dalton Public Schools website as the Deputy Superintendent, was walking up out of the ditch from the vehicle and towards officers. Officer Warren reported, “Dailey claimed that he was attempting to exit the parking lot at 825 Chattanooga Avenue and travel north on Chattanooga Avenue. Dailey further claimed that, as he entered the roadway, a white dog had run out in front of him. Dailey stated that he swerved to miss the dog and drove into the ditch. Dailey claimed that he believed one of his hands was broken during the crash.” While being checked by EMS, Officer McBrayer then stated to Officer Warren that Dailey had claimed to have ingested several alcoholic beverages prior to getting behind the wheel of his vehicle. Dailey refused transport and treatment from EMS. Officer Warren then asked Dailey how fast he thought he was going when the accident happened. Dailey stated that he was “crawling” and “going 5 miles per hour, tops” when he crashed into the ditch. Officer Warren reported, “As Dailey stated this, [I] detected the strong odor of alcoholic beverage on Dailey’s breath.” During standardized field sobriety testing, Dailey showed several signs of impairment and a BAC of .126 on a PBT. Dailey was then placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state test. Dailey was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of .123 on the state test. Dailey was charged with DUI greater than 0.08 BAC over 21 and failure to maintain lane.

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