NWGA Scanner | April 26th, 2022
According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On April 11th, 2022, at approximately 9:58 PM, Deputy Carmichael was dispatched to a vehicle crash with an unresponsive male driver on Highway 41. According to the report, “Upon arrival to the accident scene, Deputy Carmichael attempted to make contact with the driver alongside Deputy Brogdon. Upon approach to the passenger side window, the driver appeared to be confused and would not respond to any verbal commands” While deputies were trying to speak, the driver, identified as Casey Sean Johnson, 38, of East Ridge, attempted to start his vehicle and put it in gear. As Deputy Brogdon attempted to approach Casey from the rear driver’s side, the driver was finally able to start the vehicle. He attempted to put the vehicle in reverse and hit the gas pedal. According to the report, “The vehicle would not move due to being incapacitated from the crash. Deputy Carmichael used his agency-issued baton to smash out the passenger side window for the safety of Deputy Brogdon and the driver. As Deputy Carmichael reached inside the vehicle, Casey made an incoherent mumble and exited the vehicle through the driver’s side door.” Casey said he was ok and refused EMS. Due to Casey’s erratic behavior, he was detained. According to the report, “While investigating the cause of the wreck, Casey stated he used heroin prior to driving, and there was still some heroin in the vehicle. Deputy Carmichael then read Casey Georgia’s implied consent to which the driver agreed to blood. While awaiting the EMS unit to prepare for the blood draw, Deputy Carmichael read the driver his Miranda rights, and he waived them. Deputy Carmichael asked the driver when the last time he used narcotics. The driver stated he used heroin approximately 30 minutes prior to the wreck.” Deputy Carmichael spoke to a witness who stated he observed the vehicle pass him on GA-3 heading south. As he rounded the curve approaching SR 146, the vehicle had crossed three lanes of travel into the ditch on the opposite side of the road. When the witness looked into the vehicle, he observed a male driver “slumped” over the wheel and not responding. Casey was transported to the Catoosa County Jail, charged with possession of schedule I substance, DUI -drugs, and failure to maintain lane. According to arrest records and reports, in 2021 Casey was charged second-degree murder charge in connection with a drug overdose death in Chattanooga.