Traffic stop leads to wanted felon and several felony charges Tuesday evening in Whitfield County
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff's Office incident report, on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020, at approximately 5:39 PM, a deputy was advised by a Drug Detective of a silver 2000 Toyota 4 Runner with an expired tag. He also advised that he observed the vehicle stop at the gas station on the corner of East Walnut Ave at Pleasant Drive and a female switch from the passenger seat to the driver's seat with a male before driving back out onto East Walnut Ave. The deputy located the vehicle at East Walnut Ave and Old Grade and initiated a traffic stop, which ended in the parking lot of the Greenbriar Plaza. The deputy advised the driver of the reason for her stop. She advised that she was aware her tag was expired. The passenger advised he did not have an ID, but his name and date of birth were Shawn Heard, and the driver provided her driver's license. K-9 deputy arrived on the scene a few moments later. The K-9 deputy concurred that the photograph of Shawn Heard did not look like the passenger. When asked about the differences, the K-9 deputy observed "verbally that the passenger's lip was twitching and a heartbeat could be seen in his stomach which", based on knowledge and experience, is a sign of deception. The deputy asked him for the last four of his social, and the passenger began swinging his arms around, screaming, and talking really fast. With the driver being pregnant, she asked to step out of the vehicle away from the passenger. While out, the deputy asked what the passenger's name was, and she whispered that it was "Justin Heard." Heard finally advised that his name was Justin Heard. The deputy asked dispatch to run Heard through NCIC/GCIC, and upon doing so, they advised he had an active warrant through Catoosa County. Drug Detectives arrived on the scene at this point. The deputy then asked if there were any illegal substances or weapons in the vehicle, and the driver advised that she "didn't know." Consent was given to search the vehicle. The scene was then turned over to the drug detective. Catoosa County later advised that they did not wish to pick Heard up, however, due to providing a false name/date of birth initially to the deputy and Drug Detective charges, Heard was placed in the back of the deputy's patrol vehicle. The deputy gave the driver a warning for her expired tag then transported Heard to the Whitfield County Detention Center. Heard was charged with theft by receiving stolen property (gun) felony, possess methamphetamine, possession and use of drug related objects, possession of firearm by convicted felon, and giving false name / address / dob to law officer. Heard is being held in the Whitfield County Jail with no bond.