NWGA Scanner | September 30th, 2021

Drunk driver and wanted fugitive arrested after 911 call from concerned motorist in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on September 22nd, 2021, at around 5:21 PM, Whitfield County Communications dispatched a BOLO for a silver older model Lincoln with Hamilton County tags. According to the report, “A concerned citizen called in and stated the vehicle was unable to maintain lane and pulled into the Mapco at 201 and Chattanooga Road. The vehicle was occupied by a Hispanic driver. The concerned citizen stated the Hispanic male stumbled into the Mapco, came out, and headed toward West Side Middle school. The concerned citizen followed the vehicle and told Whitfield Communications the vehicle was still failing to maintain lane and at one point was driving on the wrong side of the road.” The vehicle then pulled into 1062 Lafayette Road. Deputy Robledo seen the vehicle at the bottom of the driveway and made contact with the driver identified as Jesus David Walker, 43, of California. The deputy made contact with Walker and the passenger James Logan, 47, of Hixon, TN. Logan then asked if he could get out of the vehicle. According to the report, Deputy Robledo told him no and to stay inside the vehicle. Deputy Robledo asked Mr. Walker why they had parked there. Mr. Walker stated, “he was going back words” Mr. Walker had the vehicle in drive. Mr. Logan had to put the vehicle in park and turn off the vehicle for Mr. Walker. Deputy Robledo noticed Mr. Walker had slurred speech and glassy eyes. Deputy Robledo asked Mr. Walker where they were headed to. Mr. Walker had to take a moment to think about where he was going, then pointed and said that way. Deputy Robledo asked Mr. Walker if he had anything to drink earlier. Mr. Walker stated he had a beer around 12:00 PM. Mr. Walker then said he had two Smirnoff’s. As Deputy Robledo asked for another unit, she noticed Mr. Logan pulling on the passenger handle in an attempt to get out of the vehicle. Mr. Logan then reached his hand through the window and attempted to open the door on the outside. Deputy Robledo advised Mr. Logan a second time, he was not to step out of the vehicle and reminded him we already had this conversation. Mr. Logan then began to call someone to pick him up. Deputy Robledo told Mr. Logan no one was coming to pick him up at this time. Deputy Robledo told him he was going to stay at the scene for now. Mr. Logan ignored Deputy Robledo, and he began to tell the person he was speaking to where he was located at. Deputy Robledo called for an additional closer unit to be en-route and walked over to the passenger side. As Deputy Robledo made contact with the passenger, Jesus opened the driver’s side door and attempted to get out. Deputy Robledo instructed Mr. Walker to stay inside the vehicle. Mr. Walker said okay and closed the door. Deputy Robledo asked Mr. Logan to step out of the vehicle and placed him in handcuffs.” Once out of the vehicle, Mr. Walker stumbled backward and leaned against the car to regained his balance. According to the report, the deputy decided to detain both subjects for officer safety. Logan then stated he had a warrant for his arrest. According to the report, Logan stated he did not feel safe in the vehicle with Walker. Logan’s NCIC returned as having a valid warrant through Hamilton County SO for violation of a court order and advised he was not to be in possession of firearms/weapons. Hamilton County stated they would place a hold on Logan. While explaining to Walker why he was pulled over, the deputy noticed he had a wet mark around his crotch area. During field sobriety tests, Walker showed several clues of impairment. Walker was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of .18. Walker was charged with DUI .08 grams or more. Logan was charged with obstructing or hindering law enforcement, unlawful possession of firearms/weapons, and fugitive from justice.