NWGA Scanner | April 8th, 2021

Walmart shoplifter crashes after fleeing from Whitfield County deputies Sunday

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Sunday, April 4th, 2021, around 4:35 PM, Deputy Caraway was dispatched to Walmart located at 2545 East Walnut Avenue in reference to a shoplifting. The deputy was advised that the suspect, later identified as Jonathan Wesley Allen, 42, of Chatsworth, was leaving the scene in a dirty gold 2005 Dodge mini-van. The deputy arrived and observed the mini-van at the red light attempting to turn left onto Walnut Avenue. The deputy realized that the suspect was not turning and turned on his emergency lights and attempted a traffic stop. Allen accelerated and turned onto Old Grade Road, then left onto Downing Street cutting between Deputy Henderson and a red mini-van. The deputy advised Whitfield County 911 that the van had taken off and gave them the tag on the fleeing van. While waiting for the information to return, Allen ran two stop signs, failed to maintain his lane, drove recklessly at over 50 mph in a 25 mile an hour zone, did not use turn signals, and refused to stop for a marked patrol vehicle. Allen then traveled down Downing Street, turned left onto Crook Road, left onto Mary Lane, and right onto Cross Street. When dispatch gave the vehicle and owner information, Lt. O’Mahony advised the deputies to disregard and terminate the chase. Deputies turned their emergency equipment off and terminated the chase. The deputies lost sight of the vehicle. Shortly after losing sight, a deputy noticed that the fleeing van had wrecked into another van in the intersection of Walnut Avenue and GA-3 (Bypass). Deputy Caraway gave verbal commands to Allen until he heard Deputy Henderson behind him. Allen advised the deputy that his leg and foot hurt. The deputy was checking around the area when he saw flames come from the engine compartment of the van. The deputy realizing the immediate danger to the suspect, quickly extracted him from the vehicle due to the risk of the van exploding or the fire getting worse. The deputy continued to update Whitfield County 911 of the situation. The deputy also went to the vehicle that had been struck by Allen to help get the driver further away from the burning van. The deputy learned that Allen had several warrants out for his arrest and a suspended license. The Georgia State Patrol arrived on the scene and investigated the crash. Allen was transported to Hamilton Medical Center by EMS. Warrant for Allen’s arrest was obtained on the charges of theft by shoplifting, failure to maintain lane, too fast for conditions, turn signal required, failure to stop at a stop sign, reckless driving, driving while license suspended, and fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement felony.