NWGA Scanner | June 16th, 2022

Ringgold woman gives Dalton officer false name after shoplifting from Walmart and resisting arrest

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On June 2nd, 2022, Officer Ridley responded to Walmart located at 815 Shugart Road in reference to another shoplifting. According to the report, A female later identified as Rachel Lynn Johnson, 30, of Ringgold, had fled on foot when she was confronted by loss prevention associates. The loss prevention associate advised that the female was seen running through the parking lot and then getting into a silver passenger car that was parked on the west side of the parking lot. Officer Ridley then made contact with Rachel, who was attempting to lie flat down in the driver’s seat in what the officer took as an attempt to hide from being seen by him. Rachel opened the door and immediately started to apologize and start to cry. Officer Ridley reported, “Without being asked, she stated, “I’m sorry, he told me to take all that stuff.” [I] asked what “Stuff” she was talking about, and she stated that the “Stuff” she had in her bag when she was confronted by loss prevention. She gave me her ID and [I] then told her to exit her vehicle. She then started to stand up to get out of the car and when she did so, [I] immediately observed a glass pipe, that [I] recognized as a “meth” pipe, sitting in the driver’s seat, right under where the female was sitting.” the officer went to detain Rachel when she then suddenly decided that she was no longer going to comply and ripped her hands away from me and darted back into the driver’s seat of her vehicle. Not knowing if she is going for a weapon, going to try and flee in her car, or was going to destroy evidence, the officer took hold of Rachel’s right arm and began to pull her out of the vehicle while giving her commands to get out of the car. Rachel was frantically yelling and pleading with the officer, all the while holding onto the inside of her car, trying to keep the officer from getting her out of the car. Still holding onto her arm, Rachel then took my other hand and grabbed the back of Rachel’s neck and upper back area, and successfully pulled the female out of the car. After a struggle, Rachel was placed under arrest. Officer Ridley found stolen earrings, nose rings, and a watch in the purse. The officer also located several loaded needles throughout the purse. The ID that was given to the officer was a Tennessee ID card for a female-identified as Ashley Guthrie. “Guthrie” was then transported to the Whitfield County Jail. When “Guthrie” was asked for her information for Walmart so she could be trespassed, she was slow and hesitant to be able to recite her birthday. When she was confronted, she eventually advised that her actual identity was Rachel Johnson. While booking a complete, a drug search on Rachel was performed where jailers found a small glass vial with a clear liquid inside it. When asked, Johnson stated that the vile contained liquid “Ice,” which is another form of amphetamine. The total value of the items that Johnson stole was $301.71. Johnson was booked into the jail and charged with two counts of possession of schedule II substance, possession of drug-related objects, obstruction, false name and DOB, shoplifting, and crossing the guard line with contraband.