Dalton man arrested on several charges including DUI after leaving the scene of several crashes
According to a Georgia State Patrol incident and two crash reports on April 23rd, 2020, at 7:42 AM, Trooper Hensley responded to a call of a wrong-way driver on GA-3. A Whitfield County Sheriffs Detective stopped the Ford F-150. The trooper identified the driver as Juan Manuel Mandoza, 62 of Dalton from his Georgia driver's license. Trooper Hensley stated, "I first noticed the driver seemed to look very confused and also had his pants down around his ankles and only wearing his underwear." Mandoza stated he had high blood pressure. EMS checked his blood sugar and said he was perfectly normal. The trooper asked Mandoza if he had any alcoholic beverages to drink, and he said he only had a couple of beers at roughly 9:00 PM the night before. Trooper asked Mandoza if he would perform HGN for, and he replied yes. Trooper had four clues on HGN of lack of smooth pursuit and distinct and sustained Nystagmus at maximum deviation. Trooper asked Mandoza again how much he had drunk, and he responded 8 or 9 beers around 2:30 that morning. Mandoza gave a breath sample on the PBT, and the sample came back positive. At 8:12 AM, Mandoza was read Georgia Implied Consent and asked for a sample of his blood Mandoza replied yes. Mandoza was transported to Hamilton Medical for the blood draw. Mandoza was then transported to the Whitfield County Jail. While at the jail staff Trooper Hensley was notified of two other crashes that caused damage to property or vehicles during a crash Mandoza had fled the scene. On scene, Trooper Hensley was shown a video from a dash camera belonging to the victim's vehicle that had been struck. The video showed Mandoza's white F-150 traveling north on Spencer Street and the stop sign at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Mandoza then travels off the east shoulder of the roadway striking a 25 MPH sign with the trucks right side and a mailbox with the front of the Ford. Mendoza entered the roadway continuing north and struck the passenger side of the victim's 2013 Ford F250 Super Duty. The passenger-side mirror was also located on the scene of the crash and matched the mirror on the vehicle. While completing the investigation, the trooper was dispatched to a separate hit and run crash on Spencer Street at Tyler Street, where Mendoza had struck a chain-link fence. Mendoza continued traveling north on Spencer Street at Tyler Street after the first crash. Mendoza ran the stop sign and traveled too fast for conditions running off the roadway. Mendoza then struck the fence with the truck's front. Mendoza then left the scene of that crash. On this scene, the trooper located a license plate rim with words Semper Fi matching the front plate on Mendoza's Ford the trooper just observed at the tow yard. Mendoza was booked into the Whitfield County Jail charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane/driving on the wrong side of the road, safety belts violation, hit and run, failure to maintain lane x2, failure to stop at a stop sign x2, driver to exercise due care/proper use of phones and radios, speeding and duty upon striking a fixed object.