Posts on Jan 1970

Walnut Avenue Is Hot Spot For Crashes

Month after month, West Walnut Avenue has the highest number of crashes in Dalton.  The crashes are concentrated between Market
Street to Dug Gap Road.  While the majority of these crashes are not
severe in nature, many could be avoided.  42% of all crashes in Dalton are rear-end crashes and West Walnut Avenue
is no exception. 

There are several different causes for these rear-end crashes, but the most common contributing factor is a driver not paying attention to his or her surroundings.  The West Walnut area is very congested with traffic,
especially during the lunch rush and the evening commute.  During lunch hours, drivers are pressed for
time to leave work on their break, rush to a restaurant and grab a quick bite and then hurry back to work.  Sometimes, drivers eat their lunch as they hurry
back to work which is distracted driving.

Many
times we think of distracted driving as using a cell phone or texting while driving.  The truth is that there are many more distracted driving behaviors every day on Dalton's streets.  Distracted driving can be defined as any
action that causes a driver to be less safe while operating a motor
vehicle.  Trying to un-wrap a
hamburger or reaching down to pick up a drink can be a distraction.  Just a split second of taking your eyes off
the road is enough to cause an accident.

Eating is just one of the distractions seen by Dalton officers. 
Adjusting the radio/CD player or the heat, reaching for an item that has
fallen in the floorboard, looking at a GPS, reading, holding conversations with
passengers or tending to a child can all be very distracting and lead to a
crash.  And, of course, perhaps the most obvious distraction is talking or texting on a cell phone.

According
to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 20% of all
crashes can be attributed to a distracted driver.  Dalton
is no different.  Based on monthly
statistics compiled by the DPD's Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU), crashes caused by distracted driving
are more common than crashes caused by speeding or driving under the influence.  The worse news is that distracted driving crashes contribute to more injury crashes than other factors. 

Because
of the high number of rear-end crashes and crashes related to distracted
driving, the DPD TEU and officers from the patrol division will be conducting special traffic enforcement details in areas such as West Walnut Avenue and other high crash areas to target drivers who are driving
distracted.  Officers will also look for
other moving violations that contribute to crashes, such as following too closely and improper lane changes.  Officers will
be conducting traffic stops and speaking with motorists about violations that
are causing crashes.  The goal of these operations is to lower the number of crashes through enforcement and
education.  

The
department also offers safe driving programs to any organization that request
it.  A request for a safe driving program
for your group or organization can be made by contacting an officer from the Traffic Unit at 706-278-9085, ext.9124.

Read More

Dalton Firefighters Rescue Two From House Fire

UPDATE: (12:55 PM, 2/20/13): The Dalton Fire Department has left the scene of the fire on
Griffin Street.  The point of origin for the fire was the sofa in the
living room.  No physical evidence of the cause of the fire was found, but
investigators did learn that the male occupant of the house was a smoker. 
Other potential causes at the origin point have been ruled out.  

Firefighters from the Dalton Fire
Department rescued two people from a burning house early this morning.  Both victims were treated at the scene and
then flown by helicopter to the burn center in Augusta, Georgia.

Firefighters were dispatched at 12:04
am to a structure fire at 217 Griffin Street. 
When they arrived at 12:07 am, they found the structure on fire and
forced entry through the front door while another crew ventilated the structure
by cutting a hole in the roof. 

The engine company found an
unconscious male victim in the front bedroom in cardiac arrest.  They removed him from the house and performed
CPR until EMS arrived.  At the same time,
the truck company found a female victim on the floor in the back bedroom who
was not breathing.  Firefighters took her
out of the back door and ventilated her until EMS crews arrived.  Both victims were transported by EMS to
Hamilton Medical Center and were later flown by Emory Flight to the burn center
in Augusta.  At this time, their
condition is not known. 

Fire crews are still on scene
investigating the cause of the fire, which is unknown at this time.  The fire started in the living room at the
front of the house.  There is heavy fire
damage in that room and also heat and smoke damage throughout the rest of the
house. 

DFD Chief Bruce Satterfield noted
that there were no working smoke detectors in the home.  He encouraged Dalton residents to take this
opportunity to either get smoke detectors for their homes or businesses or
check to make sure existing detectors are working. 

“When there are working smoke
detectors,” Chief Satterfield said, “we find the people outside.”

Engine 1, Engine 2, and Squad 1
responded to the initial fire call and then Engine 5 was called in for
backup.  Chief Satterfield estimated that
fire crews and EMS paramedics were able to get the victims to Hamilton Medical
Center less than half an hour after the fire started. 

Read More

DPD Takes Applications For Police Explorers Program

The
Dalton Police Department is now accepting applications for the department's
2013-2014 Law Enforcement Explorers program.

The
Law Enforcement Explorer Program allows young men and women to gain training
and experience in the law enforcement field. The program also provides
opportunities for community involvement and development. Program activities
center around law enforcement training, organized recreational activities and
competitive events. Officer David Saylors currently oversees the program.

To
be eligible for the program, an applicant:

  • Must
    be between 14 (in 9th grade) and 20 years old. 
  • Must
    maintain at least a "C" average in every class, and must remain
    enrolled in school until graduation or earn a GED
  • Must
    attend regularly scheduled meetings, including physical training

To
apply to become a Dalton Police Explorer, click here to
download a .pdf copy of the application. Fill out the application and send it
to:

Officer
David Saylors
Dalton Police Department
301 Jones Street
Dalton, GA 30720

You
can also FAX a copy of the application to the attention of Officer Saylors at
706-217-2075. Applications
will be accepted until February 22nd, 2013
. The 2013 Dalton
Police Explorers will begin meeting in March.

Read More

DPD Busts “Old School” Meth Lab

A months long undercover drug
operation by the DPD Drug Unit led to three arrests and the discovery of a
large meth lab Thursday night.  Bruce
Wayne Bailey, 45, of 521 Monroe-Green Road in Trion, Chayne Allen Bailey, 23, and
Katherine Leighann Wheat, 21, both of 900 Vernon Avenue were all arrested and
charged for their roles in the manufacture or distribution of methamphetamine.

Drug investigators from the Dalton
Police Department had been investigating the sale of methamphetamine by Bruce
Wayne Bailey and his son Chayne Allen Bailey for the past two months.  That undercover investigation led detectives
to obtain an arrest warrant for Bruce Bailey and also a search warrant for his
workplace, a radiator shop at 113 Emery Street. 

Shortly before those warrants were
scheduled to be executed on Thursday afternoon, a patrol officer performed a
traffic stop on a car being driven by Katherine Wheat who lives with Chayne
Bailey.  Ms. Wheat gave officers consent
to search her vehicle and they found a meth pipe.  Drug Unit detectives were contacted and after
investigating they learned there was a meth lab operation at the apartment at
900 Vernon Avenue that she shares with Chayne Bailey and obtained a search
warrant for the residence.

Officers and investigators from the
Dalton Police executed the search warrant at 900 Vernon Avenue and discovered a
red phosphorous-type meth lab at the apartment. 
A red phosphorous lab is a more “old school” type of meth lab that is
becoming more rare as meth producers have switched to the single-pot “shake and
bake”.  The red phosphorous or “red P”
type lab is a much larger operation than the smaller “shake and bake” type
labs.  Chayne Allen was at the apartment
and was arrested. 

Firefighters from the Dalton Fire Department and Chief Ray Grossman from the Cohutta
Police Department responded to the scene to help investigators secure and
dismantle the lab. Grossman serves as the area’s meth site safety officer.  Investigators wearing hazmat suits dismantled
the lab and waited until a cleanup team contracted by the GBI could respond to
the scene and safely remove the components. The cleanup cost is estimated to be approximately $10,000 which is covered by the GBI.

After discovering the lab, investigators
then served the search warrants on Bruce Bailey at his workplace on Emery Street.  He was in possession of 1.4 grams of meth and
was arrested.

Bruce Bailey was charged with
possession of methamphetamine and selling methamphetamine.  Chayne Bailey and Katherine Wheat were both
charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine,
possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of
ephedrine/pseudoephedrine/phenylpropanolam, and possession of tools for the
commission of a crime.  

Below: Officers Tommy Ensley (left) and Serena Martin (right) photograph and log evidence as a DPD drug investigator in a hazmat suit removes meth lab components from the apartment at 900 Vernon Avenue Thursday evening; components of the meth lab arranged outside the apartment as investigators waited for a cleanup crew

023 043

Read More

DPD Officers Go Through Driver Training Refresher

Every police officer in Georgia goes through the EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operator Course) as part of their training at the police academy.  Once they get through EVOC, though, most officers don't get a chance to brush up on those skills in a training environment.  That's changing this year at the Dalton Police Department.

This year as part of their required annual in-service training, Dalton officers are taking part in a driver training course being taught by training officer Brian Pack.  Officer Pack went through a two-week EVOC instructor certification course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, Georgia and is bringing some of the skills he acquired back to the DPD.

The course gives officers some reminders on emergency driving, but also focuses heavily on non-emergency vehicle operations.  After all, the vast majority of an officer's time on the road is under routine conditions. 

The first group of Dalton officers went through the driver training course on Wednesday, February 6th.  Click "Play" in the window below to watch video from the course.

Read More

Your Playbook For Staying Safe on Super Bowl Sunday

This Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday.  It is perhaps the biggest sporting event of the year in America and brings together family, friends, and football fans to watch the big game.  In many instances, fans will gather to watch the game at sports bars, restaurants
or Super Bowl-themed parties. The U.S. Department of Transportation and National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are joining with the National Football League and
TEAM (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management), and law enforcement agencies around the
nation to spread an important safety message to the public about designating a
sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday – Fans
Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

Before
choosing to drink, choose a sober designated driver.  Avoid the unsportsmanlike conduct of driving
drunk by handing off your keys so that you, your passengers and everyone on our
roads can safely arrive home.  Drunk
driving is always preventable, and driving drunk could result in seriously injuring
or killing yourself or someone else. Motorists can expect Dalton Police
Department to have a visible presence and to stop anyone who makes the
dangerous decision to drink and drive.

According
to NHTSA, 10,228 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2010. These
drunk-driving fatalities accounted for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle
traffic fatalities in the United
States. In addition, alcohol impairment
among drivers involved in fatal crashes was almost twice as high during the
weekend (31%) than during weekdays (16%) and four times higher at night (37%)
than during the day (9%).*

Superbowl

If you’re
attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or
restaurant:

  • Designate
    your sober driver before the party begins.
  • Avoid
    drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself. Eat plenty of food, take
    breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
  • If
    you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a
    cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or if possible stay where
    you are for the night and don’t drive until you are sober.
  • Never
    let friends drive drunk.   Arrange a safe
    way for them to get home.
  • Always
    buckle up. It’s still your best defense against other drunk drivers.

If you’re hosting
a Super Bowl party:

  • Make
    sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help
    arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.
  • Serve
    plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
  • Host
    your party just like they do at the stadium. Stop serving alcohol at the end of
    the third quarter of the game. The fourth quarter is perfect for serving coffee
    and dessert.
  • Keep
    the phone numbers of local cab companies on hand and take the keys away from
    anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.
  • Remember,
    you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a
    drunk-driving crash.

The Dalton Police Department reminds you that our policy is zero tolerance of impaired driving.  We need the help of all motorists to make it a safe Super Bowl Sunday on the roadways by Buckling
Up, Slowing Down and Driving Sober
.  

Read More

DPD Seeks Suspect in Truck Theft

The Dalton Police Department is
investigating the theft of a pickup truck and is asking for help from the public
with identifying a man who was driving the vehicle after it was stolen.  

The truck was stolen from an
apartment complex at 216 Easterling Street sometime between 10:00 pm on Saturday,
January 19th and 1:00 pm Sunday, January 20th.  The stolen truck, a red 2005 Chevy Silverado
with a red camper top, was apparently left unlocked.  The truck had approximately $1,100 worth of
tools and equipment inside including a pressure washer, air compressor and an
electrical generator stored inside. 

The truck was later recovered in
Chattanooga, Tennessee where it was parked behind a gas station on Shallowford
Road.  DPD investigators determined that the
truck was abandoned there with a flat tire by a white male subject on January
23rd.  The suspect apparently
asked the store owner if he could park it there while he went to get help.  He never returned and after two days the store
owner had the truck towed away.  The
towing company contacted the Chattanooga Police Department which ran the tag number
and determined it was stolen.  The
vehicle was returned to its owners, but the tools and equipment inside were
missing.

The subject who abandoned the truck
is a white male who wore a red baseball cap backwards inside the store.  A picture of the suspect is included with
this release.  Anyone who recognizes this
man is asked to please contact Detective Sam Eaton at 706-278-9085, extension
158.

Below: The suspect is seen in the bottom right hand corner of this still frame from surveillance video.  You can also click this link to watch the video (the suspect walks across the screen between the 0:18 and 0:22 mark): 
Download File.


13-469 1

Read More