NWGA Scanner | March 8th, 2021

Dalton man found trafficking meth after shoplifting flashlights from Walmart and running from police on foot

According to a Dalton Police department incident report, on February 23rd, 2021, at around 12:30 PM, Officer Johnson was dispatched to the Walmart located at 815 Shugart Road for a shoplifting in progress. On my way to the scene, dispatched advise that the suspect was sitting in a black Ram truck. When the officer arrived on the scene, he was advised by Walmart loss prevention that the male passenger, later identified as Carlos Wade Bush Jr., 31, of Dalton, was the shoplifter. The officer had Bush step out of the truck; Bush was compliant at this time. When the officer asked Bush to join him in the Walmart LP office for further, Bush began to run. The foot chase went south by the side of Walmart. Bush ran into the road, where a vehicle driven by a man came into contact with Bush. Bush continued to run after making contact with the vehicle. Bush then moved to the guard rail between Walmart and Kohls. Bush then jumped over and fell 8 to 10 feet and then moved to the creek between the stores. The man in the vehicle that Bush ran into gave the officer a ride around to the Kohls parking lot, where he intercepted Bush on the creek’s westside. Bush gave up and was taken into custody. Officers assisted Bush out of the creek and into the Walmart parking lot. Bush suffered a small cut on his forehead and refused EMS. Bush was searched incident to arrest and was found to have 57 grams of methamphetamine later field-tested positive one sheet of acid identified by drug unit detective and two pills of clonazepam identified by markings on the pills. Bush also had $431 with the methamphetamine and three knives on his person. According to the loss prevention, Bush was observed shoplifting two flashlights worth $49.94 on a video camera. Bush was found to have a failure to appear warrant and a warrant for possession of meth. Bush was then transported to Whitfield County Jail charged with possession of meth, trafficking in meth, possession of a schedule 1 substance, possession of a schedule 2 substance, possession of a schedule 4 substance, possession and use of drug-related objects, felony failure to appear, misdemeanor theft by shoplifting and misdemeanor willful obstruction of officers.