DUI driver arrested after leaving scene of crash and fleeing from Whitfield County deputy

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office, On April 1st, 2023, at 4:05 PM, the Whitfield County dispatch E-911 gave units a BOLO for a hit and run that had just occurred on West Nance Springs Road. Deputy Center responded to the area and observed the caller on the South Dalton Bypass near Five Springs Road behind the suspect vehicle, a 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Deputy Center estimated the vehicle to be 75-80 miles per hour. According to the report, “Deputy Center activated his emergency lights and sirens in attempts to catch up to the car. The car then made an abrupt turn north onto Abutment Road. Deputy Center had a visual again of the brown car still at a high rate on Abutment Road. Deputy Center advised E-911 the brown car was still on Abutment, about to cross Callahan Drive, then the car made another abrupt turn west onto Callahan Road. Deputy Center was able to catch up to the brown car on Callahan with his lights and sirens still on. The brown car then turned north onto the west entrance to Ponders Drive, then pulled into the address of 541 Callahan Road, and came to a stop.” Deputy Center made contact with the driver, identified Michael Eugene Beasley, 47, of Dalton, and asked why he was traveling at such a high rate of speed away from Deputy Center. Michael stated he was being followed by a silver truck and was in fear for his life. Deputy Center advised him that the truck had been following him because he had stuck him on West Nance Springs Road and fled the scene. Michael stated it was the truck’s fault because it had stopped to make a left turn without a blinker. While speaking with Michael, Deputy Center smelled alcohol emitting from Michael when he would talk or breathe. During field sobriety tests, Michael showed several signs of impairment and a BAC of .081. Michael was shown the front passenger side of his car, where he had damage and silver paint transferred from where he struck the truck. The victim advised he was attempting to turn left onto his property when Micheal passed a car behind him and then attempted to pass his Chevrolet truck in a no-passing zone. After the crash, Michael advised the victim to use a blinker and then sped off. Michael was transported to the Whitfield County jail, where he showed a BAC of .061 on the state test. Michael was charged with following too close, passing in a no-passing zone, hit and run, fleeing attempting to elude, too fast for conditions, reckless driving, and DUI less safe.

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