Dalton man facing several charges including DUI after hit-and-run following road rage incident
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff's Office report, on February 27th, 2020, a Whitfield County Lt. responded to the address on Freeport Road in reference to a caller advising that she was hit by and offender vehicle at the intersection of Waring Road and Highway 71 and the other driver took off and she followed him to this location. The deputy arrived at the scene and noticed a passenger car setting in the roadway in front of the address. The victim advised that she was traveling down Waring Road and had stopped at the stop sign at the southern Freeport Road crossing. She advised that a gold Honda passenger car was going so slow that she thought it was a possible elderly person, so she passed the car in a no-passing zone. She advised that when she proceeded to pass the gold Honda, the driver sped up and making her have to speed up to pass it. When she got the lane to merge onto Highway 71 southbound, her car was struck in the rear by the vehicle. The gold Honda that hit her turned around and went back north on Waring Road. She pursued the gold Honda due to the hit-and-run crash. After several minutes of searching for Matthew Thomas Hilley, 40, of Dalton, he walked out of the wooden area behind the residence with his father, who had responded to help with locating him. The deputy could see that Hilley had blood and scratch marks on his head and face. Hilley advised that he was on Waring Road, and this car passed him in a no-passing zone, and he got a little aggravated, "maybe a little road rage," when the car started to pass him, so he sped up. Hilley said that he was just scared, and he knew that he should not have left. The deputy could smell an odor of alcohol while Hilley was telling his side of the story. The deputy asked Hilley if he had been drinking, and Hilley advised that he had a few. Hilley was booked into the Whitfield County Jail on charges of DUI, following too closely, aggressive driving, and hit and run.