NWGA Scanner | October 15th, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Tuesday, September 21st, 2021, at approximately 6:00 PM, Deputy Peden responded to Chattanooga Road at Blue Mountain Parkway in reference to a vehicle Deputy Pack had stopped. Deputy Pack and Deputy Buchanan were responding to East Randall Road in reference to a burglary. According to the report, The caller stated to dispatch that her juvenile daughter was home alone and that her ex-boyfriend identified as Eric Adams, 52, of Rocky Face, was on the scene taking things from the residence and breaking things. A deputy spotted Adams’s vehicle leaving the neighborhood and conducted a traffic stop to further investigate the incident. According to the report, “Deputy Pack stated Mr. Adams was presenting manifestations that were making him uncomfortable, as well as Deputy Pack observing the odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from Mr. Adams person. Deputies requested Mr. Adams exit the vehicle. While speaking with Mr. Adams, Mr. Adams’s speech was slightly slurred as well as the odor of alcoholic beverage was emitting from his person.” The juvenile stated that she arrived home from school to notice that her dogs were outside. She stated that her dogs are inside pets and that there is no way for them to exit the residence on their own. She stated that when she entered the residence, she observed the house to be in disarray, ransacked, and multiple household items to be broken. According to the report, She saved Adams arrived and began to talk to her aggressively in a manner that caused her to become fearful for her own safety. According to the report, “Deputy Peden observed the garage door glass to be broken, several pieces of wood including a full sheet of plywood to be thrown against the victim’s BMW inside the garage. Deputy Peden then entered the residence through the front door. Deputy Peden observed a broken flower pot on the floor with dirt covering the floor. Deputy Peden observed a lamp in the kitchen to be thrown onto the ground and broken. Deputy Peden observed the kitchen to be in disarray and dishes and items to be thrown all over. Deputy Peden observed the living room area to be in disarray with a statue thrown to the ground as well as a litter box near the inside garage door to be overturned and scattered all over the floor. Deputy Peden also observed the victim’s clothes from a bedroom closet to be removed and thrown to the ground. The total amount of damage from all items combined was approximately $881.00” The victim also stated she believed that Adams also took some of her stuff as well. The deputy then listened to an audio recording taken by the juvenile. Adams could be heard using vulgar language, being aggressive, and making threatening statements to the juvenile. Adams kept getting closer and closer as he was becoming irate and made her in fear for her safety of being physically injured. The victim stated Adams did not have permission to be at the residence and has no belongings there. After failing field sobriety testing, Adams was placed under arrest for DUI. According to the report, an open container from an open bottle of Maker’s Mark Whiskey only containing about 1/3 of its original contents was located within reach of the driver. While conducting an inventory of the vehicle, a deputy located pills not in their original container. The deputy also located the items that were missing from the victim’s house. While being booked into the Whitfield County Jail, Adams refused implied consent testing. Adams was charged with burglary (FV), stalking (FV), simple assault (FV), criminal damage to property 2nd degree (FV), possession of a schedule IV drug, DUI- less safe, and open container.