NWGA Scanner | April 2nd, 2021

Dalton man runs on foot from deputy to his mom’s house to avoid DUI arrest after fight in Varnell

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s incident report, on March 18th, 2021, Deputy Figg responded with Varnell PD to a disturbance with three males fighting, possibly a female involved as well. Deputy Figg was on East Varnell Main Street passing Cemetery Drive when Varnell canceled him. The deputy then observed an older model GEO Tracker parked on East Varnell Main Street cornered into Cemetery Drive. Casey Henson, 32, of Dalton, who was walking around the vehicle, stated he had some transmission problems, and the vehicle just stopped there. The deputy could smell a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person asked Casey for his ID. Casey stated he had just purchased the vehicle about 3-4 weeks ago and had not registered the vehicle. Neither had he purchased insurance for the vehicle. Casey became argumentative, so the deputy attempted to place Casey in handcuffs. Casey, at that time, pulled away and began running down the road in the roadway. The deputy stayed with the vehicle watching Casey running down the roadway. The deputy spoke with the Varnell officer, who had been on the original call. The Varnell officer stated while at the call, he was advised Casey had been there and had been drinking. Casey had broken out a vehicle window and had left in his GEO Tracker. Deputies Figg and Schaub, along with Sgt Callahan, went to a residence on East Varnell Main Street, where Casey’s mother lives. Deputies were directed to the laundry room, where they found Casey trying to hide in the room. Deputies gave Casey directions to place his hands behind his back. Casey became argumentative again several times, acting as if he wished to fight. Deputies held Casey at TASER point until he was taken into custody. As Deputies were walking Casey to a patrol vehicle, Casey suddenly chose to fall to the ground. Casey had to be picked up and walked to the patrol car. At the patrol car, Casey had to be forcefully placed in the back of the vehicle. Casey was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with DUI- driving under the influence of alcohol, willful obstruction of law officers, illegal stopping, standing, parking outside business/resident, pedestrian under the influence of alcohol or drug, failure to register vehicle, and no insurance.