NWGA Scanner | February 27th, 2021
According to the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on February 17th, 2021, at around 3:16 PM, Deputy Caraway observed a grey in color Ford F-150 on Tibbs Bridge Road. The driver, later identified as Michael Joey Patterson, 36 of Dalton, did not have his seat belt on. The deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on Airport Rd at Georgia 3 (Highway 41). The vehicle pulled into the Circle K Gas station at 3390 Airport Road. Patterson would pull forward, stop abruptly, pull forward, stop abruptly. While the deputy was advising the reason for the stop, Patterson covered his face with his jacket. The deputy also noticed that Patterson kept using his body to block the center console. After checking the Georgia registration and Patterson’s driver’s license status at his patrol vehicle. The deputy noticed a liquor bottle under the center console. When the deputy asked Patterson to step out of the vehicle, he asked if he was under arrest. The deputy advised no but to step out of the vehicle. Patterson stumbled to the rear of his vehicle. The deputy could smell an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from Patterson when he walked by. The deputy asked Patterson if he had been drinking the whiskey that was under the center console. Patterson stated that he had and then took off on foot through the parking lot, attempting to avoid being arrested for DUI. The deputy gave verbal commands for Patterson to stop and attempted to deploy his taser. The prongs did not make a full connection on Patterson, who continued running. Patterson ran down the side of Lt Rann’s vehicle and across Airport Road into traffic. He then ran into the side of a detective’s vehicle. When Patterson reached the parking lot of an old tire store, the deputy attempted a second tase and failed to make a connection again. Patterson continued running on foot from deputies. The deputy closed the distance and was able to contact tase Patterson. The deputy tased him twice before he stopped and complied with verbal commands from several detectives. Patterson was taken into custody without further incident. EMS was called for Patterson to be checked out. Patterson refused all state testing. Lt. Rann advised deputies that while Patterson was running on foot, he put something in his mouth and ate it. Patterson would not admit to what he ate. Since Patterson refused to go to the hospital, he was released from custody. Warrants were obtained for Patterson’s arrest on charges of no seatbelt, open container, DUI less safe, and willful obstruction of officers. According to arrest records, Patterson has several previous DUI arrests. Pictured is previous mugshot from a DUI arrest last year.