NWGA Scanner | November 20th, 2022

Dalton man arrested for DUI after attempting to report crashed vehicle as stolen in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On November 5th, 2022, at 5:04 PM, Deputy Figg was assisting GSP Corporal Langham with the vehicle crash on Burgess Drive. While investigating the crash, dispatch advised that the vehicle owner of the vehicle (Johnathan Richard Clark (Patton), 23, of Dalton) had called, wishing to report the vehicle stolen. According to the report, “Deputy Figg spoke with Johnathan advising him he would need to come to Burgess Drive as he was out with the vehicle. Johnathan advised he would come to the scene, and Deputy Figg did not advise the vehicle had been wrecked or damaged in any way. When Johnathan arrived on the scene, he was not surprised that his 1994 Toyota T-100 had been wrecked and was not upset with it being involved in the wreck or the fact it was damaged. Johnathan was very calm, which is not the demeanor of someone who just had their vehicle stolen and damaged. Deputy Figg asked Johnathan what happened. Johnathan stated he had stopped at St Clare’s. He went into the store and left the keys in the vehicle, as he always does. Johnathan stated there was a car at the pumps and a male subject, which he could not give a description of, except he had on an orange shirt. The male jumped into his vehicle and made a right out of the parking lot. Johnathan advised he did not call the police and instead called for a ride. Deputy Figg and Corporal Langham observed injuries consistent with being in a crash. Johnathan stated that the injuries happened while he was at work. Deputy Figg noticed a very strong odor of some type of aftershave/men’s clone coming from his person and detected a smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. Johnathan admitted to having only drank one beer. Johnathan was very insistent that the vehicle being reported stolen even after being advised his story wasn’t adding up and there were witnesses. Johnathan eventually admitted that he had been driving the vehicle and crashed, leaving the scene. During field sobriety testing, Johnathan showed several signs of impairment and was placed under arrest for DUI. Johnathan was charged with false report of a crime, DUI, and too fast for conditions.