NWGA Scanner | March 2nd, 2021

Broken taillight lands Dalton man in jail on meth charges

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on February 18th, 2021, at around 5:44 PM, a deputy observed a green in color Hyundai Tucson with a Georgia tag that had a broken driver side taillight cover. The deputy was able to see a white light where it should have been red only. The deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on East Morris Street at Old Chatsworth Highway. The deputy approached the driver Marty Clinton Crawford, 57, of Dalton, and advised him of the reason for the stop. The deputy asked Crawford for his driver’s license. Deputy Caraway noticed that Crawford was breathing heavily, nervous, shaking hands, and started eating chips. Crawford stated that he did not have his license. While searching Crawford, the deputy felt a box in his front hoodie pocket. Crawford stated that it was his Bluetooth and that the deputy could get the item out. When the deputy went to get the Bluetooth out, he noticed a clear bag with a glass-like substance inside of it. While attempting to put Crawford under arrest, he attempted to turn towards the deputy. The deputy restrained Crawford by pushing him towards his vehicle and keeping him from moving. Crawford was taken into custody without further incident. Detectives from the Narcotics unit arrived to assist the deputy. The case and scene were turned over to the detectives. Crawford’s license status showed he had a suspended license. While the deputy was transporting Crawford to the Whitfield County Jail, Crawford made a statement of “If ever get the chance, I’ll kill all you mother f**kers”. Crawford was charged with terroristic threats and acts, possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of meth, possession and use of drug-related objects, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, a brake lights and turn signals violation, and driving with a suspended or revoked license. According to online arrest records, Crawford, who is a convicted felon, has a very lengthy criminal history.