NWGA Scanner | February 10th, 2021

Ringgold felon tosses gun from vehicle while recklessly fleeing from Dalton police officers

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on January 19th, 2021, at around a detective and a sergeant with the Dalton Police Department drug enforcement unit advised patrol officers that they were conducting surveillance on the residence. During surveillance, detectives watched the subject pass what they observed to be a firearm to another male. The second male was driving a black Nissan Cube. Due to the driver being a convicted felon and a firearm being involved, the sergeant asked for another officer’s assistance with making contact with the driver, identified as Alvin Devan Barthel, 30, Sherwood Forest Lane, Ringgold. A detective and the officer were riding together at the time. They were advised that the Nissan was traveling north on South Dixie Highway towards the city limits of Dalton. When the Nissan pulled into the gas station at the corner of South Thornton Avenue and Cedar Street, the sergeant displayed his badge and attempted to make contact with Alvin. The convicted felon immediately took off, rapidly accelerating his vehicle recklessly. Alvin exited the parking lot of the gas station and entered South Thornton Avenue. An officer reported, “[I] immediately recognized he was Alvin Barthel aka “Chevy Slimm.” Alvin drove onto South Thornton Avenue. There was heavy daytime traffic that had the right of way. Alvin failed to yield to the traffic on the roadway and drove recklessly down the center turn lane. An officer reported that Alvin’s “erratic driving greatly endangered the motoring public due to his inability to yield to traffic and the high rate of speed in which he traveled.” An officer who was in a marked police vehicle attempted to conduct a traffic stop. Alvin failed to stop continuing to flee. Alvin turned East on Red Cross Drive and blew through the stop sign while continuing to drive recklessly. Alvin was showing blatant disregard for the public’s safety. At Nichols Street, Alvin abandoned the Nissan leaving it unoccupied in the center turn lane of the road. Alvin abandoned the vehicle after it struck the curb at the nearby intersection, causing disabling passenger side front tire/axal damage. Officers searched the area and located Alvin across the street. He was running through the parking lot of the Walmart Neighborhood Market. Alvin was quickly apprehended without further incident. While officers were searching Alvin incident to his arrest, Alvin quickly advised that he did not wish to speak with officers until a lawyer was present. Alvin was then transported to the Whitfield County Jail. In the front passenger seat of the Nissan was a clearly visible case to a Glock handgun. There was also a black champion bag in between both front seats. Within that bag was a digital scale and a small Tupperware container. Within the container was a substance that displayed the odor and appearance of marijuana. Officers retraced Alvin’s path where he drove and immediately located a.40 Glock 22 semi-automatic handgun on a slab of pavement. Loaded in the handgun was an extended magazine. The slide of the Glock was extremely scratched due to the gun being thrown on the pavement from a speeding vehicle. A check of Alvin’s criminal history showed he was a convicted felon. Alvin was convicted of distribution or sale of marijuana in Crisp County, GA, in 2011. Alvin was charged felon in possession of a firearm, felony fleeing to elude, possession of drug-related objects, reckless driving, failure to yield while entering the roadway, failure to stop at stop sign (3 counts), duty to remove the vehicle from public roads and failure to maintain lane, and obstruction of law enforcement.