NWGA Scanner | November 5th, 2022
According to a Cohutta Police Department incident report, On Sunday, October 16th, 2022, at 9:38 PM, Chief Greg Fowler was dispatched by Whitfield 911 to the area of Cleveland Highway and Leonard Way in reference to a pursuit in progress. Bradley county Tennessee Sheriff’s Office deputies were pursuing a 2004 KIA Spectra traveling between 80 to 100 mph that was fleeing to elude police. The pursuit had begun inside Bradley County, Tennessee, on Dalton Pike. Bradley County deputies were attempting the traffic stop after receiving a call of a possible domestic occurring inside the traveling vehicle. According to the report, Deputies saw the vehicle and observed the driver, identified as Dwight Cranston Blanchard, 66, of Dalton, assaulting the passenger, identified as Erica Nicole Gentry, 27, of Dalton. The Bradly County deputy who initiated the pursuit stated he observed the assault. Blanchard stopped on GA-71 just south of Tag Drive and was detained by deputies. An NCIC check of Gentry gave a return that she had an outstanding felony probation warrant that had been issued by Bradley County Courts. The deputies on the scene also stated that felony warrants would be obtained for Blanchard for the pursuit and the assault. Lt. Fowler and Chief Fowler transported both Blanchard and Gentry to the Whitfield County Jail. Patrol vehicle. Mr. Blanchard was also handcuffed and was placed in the rear seat of my patrol vehicle. Drugs, drug-related objects, and open containers of alcohol were also located in the front of the vehicle. Bradley County deputies let officers view dashcam video of the chase from when it entered the state of Georgia. The video showed Blanchard operating his vehicle in a very aggressive and reckless manner, violating several traffic laws of the state of Georgia and putting other motorists in harm’s way. Blanchard was charged by the Cohutta Police Department with drugs, not in the original container, possession and use of drug-related objects, open container violation, reckless driving, and fugitive from justice (Bradley County, Tennessee). Gentry was charged by the Cohutta Police Department with drugs, not in the original container, possession, and use of drug-related objects, open container violation, and fugitive from justice (Bradley County, Tennessee).