Dalton man arrested on warrants and meth charges following traffic stop
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff's Office incident report, on Wednesday, January 29th, 2020, a deputy was notified by a detective of a subject by the name of Joseph Junior Franklin, 55, of Dalton, who was on the lot of Holmes liquor store driving a gray Saturn. The detective advised the deputy that Franklin had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The deputy located and stopped the vehicle on the entrance ramp to I-75 southbound from the 336 Exit. The deputy made contact with the driver, Franklin, and confirmed he did have an active felony warrant. The deputy learned that his license was suspended and had been for some time. During the search of Franklin, the deputy located a meth pipe containing a white residue consistent with methamphetamine and a small clear plastic baggy containing suspected weed in Franklin's left front pants pocket. The deputy placed Franklin in custody for driving while suspended and for the outstanding warrants. The warrants stemmed from an incident back on December 8th, where Franklin failed to stop for a deputy on Highway 2 near Old Praters Mill Road, leading the deputy on a slow-speed chase. According to the report Franklin eventually stopped on Old Praters Mill Road. During the arrest, deputies found a meth pipe containing suspected methamphetamine. The case was turned over to the detective who notified the deputy of Franklin's location on Wednesday. According to the report, the detective will be seeking additional charges. Franklin was transported to Whitfield County Jail charged with the use of license plate to conceal ID of vehicle, possess methamphetamine x2, possession and use of drug-related objects x2, open container violation, no insurance, fleeing/ attempting to elude police officer, and driving while license is suspended or revoked x2.