NWGA Scanner | September 14th, 2021

Dalton man leads deputies on brief pursuit while DUI in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on July 9th, 2021, at approximately 1:47 AM, Deputy Spivey and Deputy McClure observed a white in color Chrysler 300 turning right onto Hill Road from Airport Road. According to the report, The vehicle had a driver-side headlight violation, so Deputy Spivey turned his patrol vehicle around to attempt a traffic stop. When Deputy Spivey turned his patrol vehicle around, the Chrysler 300 appeared to accelerate its speed down Hill Road. While Deputy Spivey was attempting to catch up, he noticed the vehicle was failing to maintain its lane and driving on the opposite side of the roadway. Deputy Spivey initiated his emergency blue lights and sirens in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle failed to yield and continued to drive all over the roadway and onto the sidewalk.” The vehicle then turned left onto Gillespie Drive and continued on Gillespie Drive, where the driver, later identified as Anthony Scott Miller, 34, of Dalton, turned right into 120 Gillespie Dr. apartments. According to the report, The vehicle appeared to be pulling around to the rear of the apartments to park, but Miller continued to drive around the apartments and into the grass back to the front of the apartments. The vehicle came to a stop, and Miller exited the vehicle and ran towards the rear of the apartments. According to the report, “Deputy Spivey and Deputy McClure pursued Mr. Miller on foot. When Deputy Spivey and Deputy McClure came around the corner of the apartments, they saw Mr. Miller on the ground. Deputy Spivey gave verbal commands to Mr. Miller at gunpoint while Deputy McClure detained him.” Mr. Miller stated he was injured during the pursuit and needed EMS. Deputies then noticed Miller’s vehicle appeared to have fresh green paint transfer on the front bumper of his vehicle with the driver headlight being knocked out and the front grill missing. Deputies checked with Whitfield County E911 to see if there were any recent hit-and-runs. While searching the vehicle, a deputy located a sunglasses case with marijuana residue in the rear compartment floorboard. According to the report, “When EMS arrived on scene and started to assess Mr. Miller’s leg, Deputy Spivey, Deputy Caraway, and Sergeant Meadors smelled the order of an alcoholic beverage coming from Mr. Miller.” Miller was transported to Hamilton Medical Center by EMS for treatment. Miller stated he would not take the state implied consent test. Warrants for Miller were issued for failure to maintain lane, DUI less safe, fleeing or attempting to elude, willfully obstructing law enforcement officers. Miller was booked into the Whitfield County Jail on September 6th, 2021.