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Dalton man shows up drunk to ex-wife’s house resists arrest and damages patrol vehicle

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on April 20th, 2021, at around 9:45 PM, Officer Morang and Officer Jenkins responded to an address on Lester Avenue in reference to a male subject showing up to his ex-wife’s house intoxicated and starting a disturbance. The caller stated that her ex-husband, later identified as Juan Jose-Andres, 34, of Dalton, had been drinking before he showed up. The victim stated that Juan might be aggressive towards law enforcement. She advised that Juan threatened her, stating that if she called the police, then he would have their kids taken away from her. Officers arrived and observed Juan yelling at three juveniles and the victim. Officer Morang reported, “[I] opened this glass door and told the male to come outside. The male turned around, and [I] could already see that his eyes were extremely red, and he was unsteady on his feet. The male subject then turned back around and began asking his ex-wife if she called the police.” Juan was asked to step outside while Officer Jenkins went inside and talked with the victim. After Officer Jenkins stepped inside, Juan told Officer Morang he was going back inside to speak with his kids. Officer Morangn reported, “[I] told him, no, but he still reached for the glass front door and tried to open it. [I] pushed the door closed and told him to step away from the door. At this time, Juan began cursing at me and pointing his finger in my face. [I] pushed Juan’s hand away from my face and told him to cut it out and calm down. Juan began yelling at me and telling me to shoot him. Juan asked me to kill him several times.” Detective Travis, who was in the area, heard Juan and the officer arguing, so he came to the scene to assist. Juan continued to curse at officers in English and tell them that they needed to speak to him in Spanish. Juan refused to cooperate with officers. Officers asked him why he would come over when he was this intoxicated. He then stated that he sees cops drinking on TikTok all the time. Juan did not answer officers and continued to curse at them and to state that he knew they also drank. Officers could smell a strong and distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his mouth. Juan also had trouble standing on his own as he would lean on the porch railing and then sway, almost falling over. Juan then stuck his hands in his pockets. Officer Morangn reported, “[I] told Juan to take his hands out of his pockets. Juan began yelling at me in Spanish while aggressively reaching in both pockets. Detective Travis and [I] then grabbed his arms and told him to place them behind his back. Juan yelled at us and began to resist us by pushing and pulling in an attempt to get away from us. [I] then took his right arm, and Detective Travis took his left arm, and we both placed them behind his back while pushing him against the exterior wall of the house.” Juan was finally placed into handcuffs at this time. Juan refused to sit down on the porch. Juan then tried to walk away, pushing his body into the officer. Juan refused to walk to the patrol vehicle. Juan attempted to shove the officer but was unable to keep him from moving him, so he dropped to the ground. Officers had to lift him up and escort him. The victim stated that Juan showed up drunk and entered the house. She asked why he was in her house, and he began yelling and cursing at her. Juan’s action put both the victim and her kids in great fear. Sgt. Houck went to speak with Juan in the back seat of the patrol vehicle and found that Juan had broken the door handle off of the inside of the patrol vehicle’s passenger side rear door. Juan stated that he did this because he was mad for being arresting and also spit in the floorboard of the patrol vehicle. Juan was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with DUI- alcohol less safe, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, obstruction, and interference with government property.