NWGA Scanner | June 30th, 2022

Calhoun man with multiple warrants assaults Floyd County officer during arrest after fleeing check point in Rome

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on June 16th, 2022, at 7:24 PM, Officer Harbin was participating in an approved safety/sobriety checkpoint on the Armuchee Connector near the Braves Stadium. During the checkpoint, a black Monte Carlo proceeded through the checkpoint at a high rate of speed, ignoring the instructions of the officers to stop. Officer Harbin was able to get the vehicle stopped near the intersection of Armuchee Connector and Three Mile Road. Officer Harbin reported, “As [I] started to place handcuffs on the driver, (later identified as Russell Pershing Slaton, 28, of Calhoun) he tensed his arms up and attempted to turn around to his left. [I] interpreted this move as an attempt to violently hit me since he was attempting to bring his right arm around.” While struggling with Russell, Lt. Hovers arrived and assisted. Once he was finally placed into custody, he was placed in the rear of Trooper Sanders’s vehicle. During this time, he gave officers the name of Terry Tidwell, which proved to be false. While being moved to another patrol vehicle, he began passively resisting by kicking the rear passenger door and not allowing it to shut. Officer Harbin’s Partner K9 Baro, alerted the vehicle. Inside the vehicle, officers located a wallet beneath the driver’s seat that contained a license belonging to Russell Slaton. The picture matched that of the man that was in custody. Russell was found to be wanted for multiple felony warrants out of Gordon County. Russell was transported to the Floyd County Jail charged with simple assault on law enforcement, felony obstruction, giving a false name and DOB to police, and fleeing and attempting to elude.