NWGA Scanner | July 21st, 2022

Belligerent drunk LaFayette man assaults woman and spits on Dalton officers during arrest at bar

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On July 3rd, 2022, Officer Avila, Sgt Corso, and Officer Herrera responded to a disturbance in progress at 324 South Depot Street; Crescent City Tavern in reference to a disturbance in progress. According to the report, “Dispatch informed Dalton PD units that a white male in a green shirt and jeans is being physical/verbal with employees and he is currently in the courtyard sitting/yelling.” Officers arrived and observed the male later identified as Joesph Marshall Hunt, 40, of LaFayette, yelling profanities. Officer quickly detained the male and advised him of that was going on. Joseph would not stop yelling or using profanities. Officer Avila reported, “[I] could tell Joseph was intoxicated and Joseph told me that he has a metal rod in his leg. Joesph began to cuss the employee’s out from a distance and [I] had to yell at Joesph to get him to stop.” The victim advised officers she wished to press charges due to Joesph pushing her. Joesph continued to cuss and yell without regard of the officers orders telling him to stop. Officers could not explain to Joesph what was occurring due to the fact he was irate and would not listen. After being advised he was now under arrest, Joseph began to yell, use extreme profane racial slurs, and began to pull away from officers. Officer Avila reported, “[I] did not have to ask Joseph any questions in regards to the incident due to his intoxicated nature and disorderly conduct” While being placed into the patrol vehicle, Joseph stated that officers would have to “Drag” him to the other side because he was not moving. Joseph continued to yell, use racial slurs, and kept moving his head violently backwards toward officers to hit them. Joseph yelled “F**k you” once officer got him in the patrol vehicle. Joseph then turned his head towards Officer Avila and spit in his face striking his right side. Joseph was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, simple battery, and simple battery against law enforcement officer.