NWGA Scanner | August 6th, 2021

Unlicensed teen arrested after nearly hitting vehicle head-on while driving reckless in Dalton

According to a Dalton Police Department innocent report, on July 28th, 2021, at around 8:29 AM, Officer McBrayer was responding to the area of Beechland Place in reference to a completely separate incident. Officer McBrayer reported, “While [I] was in route, [I] turned right from Fields Avenue onto Underwood Street to travel east on Underwood Street. When [I] made this turn, [I] was behind a black in color BMW vehicle. After we made the turn, [I] could tell that the vehicle in front of me was accelerating very quickly. [I] knew the speed limit on this roadway was 40 miles per hour. [I] then activated my radar and verified that the vehicle in front of me was traveling in excess of the posted speed limit. By the time [I] was able to get the radar activated, the vehicle was already passing Dantzler Avenue. [I] then utilized my radar unit to confirm the speed of the vehicle at 60 miles per hour and climbing quickly.”The officer then accelerated to try and close the distance with the vehicle, but the vehicle was still accelerating as well. The officer was able to maintain a visual of the vehicle as the vehicle passed J&J Drive. Officer McBrayer reported, “The vehicle then crossed over the double yellow line to pass a vehicle and nearly struck a vehicle head-on in the process.” The officer attempted to stop the vehicle that was driving recklessly. The officer lost a visual of the vehicle for a brief period of time. Officer McBrayer reported, “[I] went to Beechland Place and when [I] looked to my right [I] saw the vehicle parked in front of 1605 Beechland Place. As [I] was pulling up to the vehicle, the male driver, later identified as Jason Anthony Posada, 19, of Dalton, was running toward apartment #4.” The officer exited his vehicle and took off running after the Posada. When the Posada reached the door, the officer could hear him frantically trying to open the door to go inside his moms apartment, but the door was locked. As the officer came up onto the porch, Posada quickly turned around and faced him. Officer McBrayer reported, “[I] then grabbed him, told him to get down, and [I] then took him to the ground. He was lying face down, and he immediately places his hands under his chest to keep me from getting ahold of them. [I] was able to get his left hand out from under his body and pulled it behind his back.” According to the report, The officer told him to stop resisting, and he continued to struggle with him refusing to simply comply with commands. The officer was able to put one handcuff onto his left wrist and continued to yell at him to stop resisting arrest. After struggling, the officer was able to get both of his hands behind his back and secured him in handcuffs. According to the report, Posada told his mom, in Spanish, that he was sorry and that he did not have a license. Upon conducting an inventory of the vehicle, the officer located a baggie in the center console that contained marijuana. The officer also located a digital scale on the passenger floor of the vehicle. Officer McBrayer reported, “This scale is typically used to weigh and sell small amounts of illegal substances. Posada was then transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he was charged with drug-related objects, speeding, reckless driving, improper passing, driving while unlicensed 3rd offense. According to Whitfield County arrest records, Posada has a lengthy arrest history for driving while being unlicensed.