Wanted felon arrested after attempting to break into several vehicles and foot pursuit in Dalton

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On April 5th, 2023, at 1:41 PM, Officer Black responded to the area of Chattanooga Road and North Tibbs Road regarding a suspect that was seen pulling on multiple vehicle door handles at Highland Rivers Health. Officer Black located the male (Austin Blackmon, 30, of Dalton) just north of the I-75 South on-ramp on Chattanooga Road. Officer Black reported, “[I] advised the male why [I] was out with him, and he appeared to be wanting to walk away and not stand with me. [I] advised the male that he was detained at this time while we conducted our investigation due to him matching the description given to us. [I] then asked for the male’s name, and he provided me with “Austin Black”. Officer Selby advised that the male was Austin Blackmon and provided the wrong name to me. Officer Selby also advised that he had warrants as well.” When Officer Selby arrived on the scene, Austin became more and more agitated as to why he was being stopped. Austin began stepping away from officers and acting more agitated. When Officer Black attempted to detain him, Austin pulled away from him and began running across Chattanooga Road away. Austin was nearly struck by several vehicles while running across Chattanooga Road. Austin ran behind the Baymont Inn and into the woods behind the hotel. Multiple officers arrived on the scene to assist at this point. Austin was then located and taken into custody. MPO McBrayer asked Austin how many drinks he had consumed, and Austin stated he had too many. Officers located a meth pipe on Austin. Austin continued to state he could not breathe. Austin was transported to the Whitfield County Jail. Austin continued to get more irate and agitated and continued to state he had seizures. Austin was booked and charged with felony failure to appear x2, obstructing law enforcement x2, criminal trespass, criminal attempt (entering auto) x8, giving false name, pedestrian on roadway, pedestrian under the influence, and possession of drug-related object.

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