NWGA Scanner | December 23rd, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on December 12th, 2021, at around 1:09 AM, the Whitfield County 911 Center advised deputies to be on the lookout for a Chevy Silverado displaying a Georgia tag in reference to leaving a scene that the Dalton Police Department was investigating at a high rate of speed. According to the report, “Lt. Gibson heard via the Dalton Police Department’s radio traffic that the vehicle had turned onto Cedar Street from South Dixie Highway, and it then turned right onto Brown Road. Lt. Gibson observed a silver pick-up truck fail to stop at the stop sign on Brown Road as it made a left turn onto West Walnut Avenue. While making the turn, the vehicle accelerated to a high rate of speed, and it drifted to the far right lane. As Lt. Gibson was catching up to the vehicle, he observed the vehicle shut its headlights and taillights off as it turned right onto Walnut Place.” Lt. Gibson attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle continued at a high rate of speed with its headlights off, driving on the right and left side of the road at a high rate of speed. The driver, later identified as Garrett Brady Marcus, 27, of Dalton, continued driving recklessly with no regard for human life. According to the report, “A Dalton Police Department patrol vehicle pulled in front of the truck at an angle, with its blue lights and siren activated in an attempt to get the truck to stop, but the vehicle jumped the curb, drove through the grass, and continued West on Walnut Avenue.” Marcus reached speeds of 80 MPH in the 40 MPH speed zone while fleeing. The vehicle came to a rolling stop near I-75. According to the report, “Lt. Gibson, Deputy Sharpe, and several Dalton Police officers conducted a felony take-down of the vehicle, giving the driver verbal commands with their weapons drawn.” Marcus would not comply with any verbal commands. According to the report, “Lt. Gibson continued to attempt to get Mr. Marcus to comply with his verbal commands peacefully. Mr. Marcus appeared to be highly agitated, yelling that the deputies and officers were trespassing on his private property, lacking probable cause to stop him, and he refused to exit his vehicle. Mr. Marcus later stated that he was attempting to tell the deputies and officers that he was “high from smoking a blunt”. Once Mr. Marcus refused to exit the vehicle, he closed his door and rolled his window up.” Several Dalton Police officers and Whitfield County deputies forcibly removed Marcus from the truck. According to the report, “Due to Mr. Marcus being highly agitated, yelling, shouting, and refusing to comply with verbal commands, Lt. Gibson changed his grip again to perform an arm drag on Mr. Marcus. As Lt. Gibson pulled Mr. Marcus around and away from the truck, Mr. Marcus was tackled by a Dalton Police officer and taken to the ground.” Lt. Gibson, a certified drug recognition expert, observed that Marcus had a rigid muscle tone, and he had large exaggerated steps with stiff and rigid movements. Once placed in the vehicle, the deputy observed that Marcus’s pupil size was larger than normal for the given lighting conditions in comparison to the other deputies and officers. The female passenger stated that Marcus was very agitated and he did not want to stop for the police. A glass smoking device with white crystalline residue (meth) was located within the headliner above the driver’s seat. According to the report, “Due to the erratic diving manifestations, rigid muscle tone, stiff and rigid movements, loud and talkative nature, highly agitated state, dilated pupil size, and locating a smoking device that is commonly used to smoke methamphetamine, Lt. Gibson advised Mr. Marcus that he would be charging him with DUI.” Marcus was then read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice and stated that he refused. Marcus was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office with possession of meth, felony possession of drug-related objects, DUI (drugs), failure to stop at a stop sign, improper right/left turn, reckless driving, speeding, a headlights violation and felony fleeing/attempting to elude a police officer and by the Dalton Police Department with criminal trespass (damage of $500 or less), loitering/prowling, misdemeanor willful obstruction of law officers, two counts of misdemeanor fleeing/attempting to elude a police officer, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to yield when entering or crossing a roadway, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving, and a headlights violation.