NWGA Scanner | April 23rd, 2022
According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On April 12th, 2022, at 3:23 PM, Deputy Torres was sitting stationary at Popular Springs Baptist, 422 Popular Springs Road, when he heard a vehicle travel east on Popular Springs accelerating at a high rate of speed. According to the report, “The vehicle had a very loud muffler on the vehicle. The vehicle was heard accelerating, then slowing down, then accelerating again. The driver of the vehicle was doing this in an active school zone with heavy traffic. During the active school zone, there are families that cross the roadway from the school to the Homestead neighborhood. When the vehicle approached Deputy Torres’s position, he accelerated again, this time spinning and squealing his tires on the roadway, and approached the vehicle in front of him very quickly.” The vehicle was a white 1998 Ford Mustang with the driver later identified as John Corey Swafford, 36. Swafford then pulled into the parking lot of Family Dollar, and Deputy Torres made contact with him. According to the report, “While Deputy Torres was speaking to the driver, he could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.” When asked, Swafford stated that he didn’t have a license at all. The female passenger advised Deputy Youngs they had been smoking marijuana earlier in the day. According to the report, The vehicle was searched due to the odor of marijuana, and deputies located a small DeWalt case that had marijuana inside. Deputies also located meth in the pocket that the driver was reaching in a while being detained. According to the report, “There was a clear blue and black pipe used to smoke illegal substances. There was a gold torch lighter in the inside handle of the driver side door.” Swafford was also confirmed to have a suspended license through Georgia. He also showed to have valid active felony warrants through Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office, and they wished to place a hold on him. Swafford was transported to the Catoosa County Jail, charged with driving while license suspended, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, drug-related objects, reckless driving, and hold for Whitfield County.