NWGA Scanner | August 7th, 2022

Crandall man points loaded gun at woman and her granddaughter during road rage incident

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On July 26th, 2022, at approximately 6:58 PM, Deputy Dennison was dispatched to Highway 2 and Cohutta Beaverdale Road about a BOLO (Be on the lookout). The victim, as she was traveling eastbound on Highway 2 towards Murray County, a vehicle came up behind her at a high rate of speed. According to the report, “The driver, later identified as James Joseph Johnson, 59, of Crandall, began to use obscene hand gestures toward her. She stated that her juvenile granddaughter was also in the vehicle with her. She said that she turned her dash camera on and began recording. She said that the vehicle was driving extremely aggressively behind her. She stated that the car passed her and got in front of her. She said that the driver of the car looked like an older male in his 50s and did capture the driver on video. She stated that the driver threw a beer can blue in color out of the window toward her vehicle. She stated that the driver then waved a small silver revolver with a black handle out of the window. She said that the driver then pointed the loaded gun at her and her granddaughter.” The victim then called 911 and provided the information to the Whitfield County 911. Johnson then stayed in front of her and continued to use obscene hand gestures. She said that the vehicle was a dark blue Jeep Cherokee Laredo with Murray County tag number RLU8369. Deputy Dennison watched the dash camera footage from the victim’s vehicle. According to the report, “Deputy Dennison observed Johnson matched Mr. Johnson’s driver’s license picture with the male in the video. Deputy Dennison also observed Mr. Johnson use multiple obscene hand gestures. Deputy Dennison observed Mr. Johnson pass the victim; this is where Deputy Dennison was able to identify Mr. Johnson. Deputy Dennison observed Mr. Johnson throw a blue beer can out of the vehicle onto the road. Deputy Dennison also observed Mr. Johnson wave a silver firearm with a black handle out of the window. Deputy Dennison then observed Mr. Johnson point the gun towards the victim’s vehicle.” The Murray County Sheriff’s Office made contact with Johnson at his residence on Sugar Creek Road and located the firearm that Johnson had in the video. Deputies also located the exact vehicle with the same tag. Mr. Johnson stated, “If you can see the video, why can’t I?” Johnson advised he didn’t remember the incident at all. Johnson was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with Cruelty to children in the second degree, littering, open container violation, and aggravated assault x2.