Dalton man facing DUI charges after leaving the scene of crash and leading officers on foot pursuit
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report on Saturday, December 21, 2019, while Dalton Patrol Officer Fouts was patrolling the area of North Glenwood Avenue and East Park Drive he heard a call for a hit and run accident in the area of West Walnut Avenue and South Tibbs Road. Officer drove south on Glenwood Avenue in case the vehicle decided to come north on Glenwood. Whitfield 911 then advised that the complainant was following the vehicle and it was on West Franklin. Dalton Police Sgt. Houck spotted the vehicle and engaged in on foot pursuit behind the Cremo Drive-In with the suspect identified as, Christian Dionte Mitchell, 33, of Dalton, Officer Fouts then activated his emergency lights and siren and proceeded south on Glenwood. As he turned westbound on East Morris Sgt Houck observed Mitchell crossing the railroad tracks. Officer Fouts then spotted Mitchell as he hopped the fence behind the Depot. Officer Fouts made contact with Mitchell. Officer Fouts observed Mitchell running northbound into the Wells Fargo parking deck. Officer Fouts stated, "[I] gave loud verbal commands for Mitchell to stop over the public address system in my patrol vehicle Mitchell then stopped". Mitchell dropped the keys that were later identified as the keys that started the listed Toyota Camry. Officer Fouts stated, "[I] exited my patrol vehicle and drew my duty weapon". "[I] held my duty weapon down by my right leg and gave loud verbal commands for Mitchell to get on the ground". "Mitchell complied and acted as if he were dead going limp on the wall". "[I] gave Mitchell commands to roll over and he again complied rolling over and placing his hands behind his back". Officer Fouts handcuffed Mitchell. While searching Mitchell's pockets officer detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. Mitchell stated that he was scared and that is why he ran. Officer Fouts asked Mitchell how much he had to drink and he advised him only a few beers. After reading his Mitchell his Miranda rights stated to the officer that he did not understand the rights and wanted a lawyer. Mitchell was transported to meet back up with Sgt Houck he was not seat belted in due to his level of intoxication. Officer Fouts stated, "[I] advised Sgt Houck that while en route to the Cremo Mitchell advised me that he "F***ed up" and "Had too much to drink." Officer attempted to read Mitchell Implied Consent but Mitchell verbally refused before he finished reading the card. Officer advised him that he had to finish the card. Mitchell stated, "[I] want a lawyer and then you can read the card." After an inventory of the vehicle, two open beers were located. One beer was in the center console and the other in the cup holder on the door. Mitchell was transported to Whitfield County Jail where he was charged with obstruction, leaving the scene of an accident, DUI-less safe, and open container two counts.