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February 6, 2014

No charges expected for driver who crashed through carpet store

Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office authorities aren’t planning to press charges against a driver who didn’t stop when a deputy tried to pull him over and ended up crashing his Ford Taurus through the front of a building near Connector 3.

Donald Rogers, 72, of Chatsworth, was listed in fair condition at Hamilton Medical Center on Tuesday after the crash, as was 38-year-old Miguel Cruz of Dalton, who was injured while working in the car’s path at Carpet Alley Inc. On Thursday, hospital officials said neither man was listed as being there.

Law enforcement officials said Rogers was driving erratically when a sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull him over.

“We feel like he was having a medical situation at the time and that is why he would not stop for us,” sheriff’s office Capt. Rick Swiney said of Rogers. “That’s why he went through the building.”

Swiney said that because of privacy laws, he didn’t want to discuss the nature of the man’s medical condition.

The District Attorney’s Office could still opt to press charges. District Attorney Bert Poston said he will review the final report when the sheriff’s office concludes its investigation.

Employees at Carpet Alley quickly patched the outside of the building within hours of the wreck and said they hoped Rogers is OK and were glad the situation wasn’t any worse.

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