Police have arrested a male and female on various charges stemming from an auto collision where the suspects initially tried to insist the other had been driving. Tuesday night about 7:55 p.m., officers with the La-Grange Police Department responded to the 1000 block of Colquitt Street in reference to an auto collision involving a semi-truck and a pickup truck.
Police arrived and found a grey Ford F-150 pinned under the trailer to the larger truck.
Officers first spoke with Donnie Hurston Dancy, who claimed he was the driver of the pickup. Police were then informed by a bystander that she observed a female climb from the driver’s seat of pickup and leave the scene.
Dancy was then questioned about the female and he stated she was his girlfriend, Tammy Denise Short, and she had walked back to her room on Cooley Road. Dancy again insisted that he had been driving and that Short was just his passenger.
Police then inspected the interior of the pickup and observed that the driver’s seat was pushed forward and the steering wheel was set low, seeming to indicate a smaller person had been driving. When confronted with this, Dancy insisted that he always rides with his seat far forward like that.
Officers then spoke with the driver of the semi-truck, who stated he observed the pickup heading westbound toward his trailer as he was backing onto a side street. He stated he honked his horn, but the female driver drove head-on into his trailer.
He stated the female then exited the pickup and began to walk off, so he asked her if she was okay and where she was going. She then replied she was fine and pointed to a house on Colquitt Street. He then told her she needed to stay until police arrived, but she kept going towards two houses on the south side of Colquitt Street.
Police later made contact with Short at her residence on Cooley Road and brought her back to the scene. The driver of the tractor-trailer truck then identified Short as the other driver, saying he was 100 percent certain she had been driving the pickup.
As a result, Short and Dancy were placed under arrest and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where they were booked into the jail on various charges.
Short, age 50, was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Driving while License Suspended, Obstruction of Officers, and Expired Tag.
Dancy, age 53, was charged with Obstruction of Officers and Failure to Maintain Minimum Insurance.
Both subjects were later released from the Troup County Jail on bond.
Police say the pickup truck sustained moderate damage and the trailer had little to no damage.