Rocky Face man evades police, passes out in Dalton attic

July 4, 2020 at 8:39 AM EDT

DALTON – The following incident report was filed by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office regarding the arrest of Cox, Thomas Gordon, 31, on June 20, 2020 on charges of:

  1. Possess Methamphetamine
  2. Possess a Schedule 4, Other
  3. Criminal Trespass of Property Without Permission
  4. Reckless Driving
  5. Driving Without a Valid License

Some names and addresses in the following transcription may have been redacted to protect the innocent. Errors may exist. We don’t fix spelling/grammatical errors made by the agency.

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On Tuesday June 30, 2020 at approximately 13:19 hours Deputy Peden and Deputy Carter were sitting stationary on Beaverdale Rd. at Grove Level Baptist church.

Deputy Koehler advised Deputy Carter a motorcycle was traveling West bound on Beaverdale Rd., and had just observed the driver run a stop sign at Cherokee Boys Estate Rd., but could not catch up to the offender’s motorcycle. Deputy Peden observed the motorcycle pass at Grove Level Baptist church and pulled out to attempt to conduct a traffic stop.

Deputy Peden observed the driver who was identified later as Thomas Cox, begin to accelerate on to Hwy 71, traveling across the roadway in front of oncoming traffic onto Haigmill Rd. Deputy Peden attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver accelerated so quickly Deputy Peden almost lost a visual on the motorcycle. Deputy Peden observed the driver failing to maintain lane multiple times crossing into the oncoming lane.

Lt. Gibson advised to terminate the attempt to stop the motorcycle. As Lt. Gibson advised to terminate, Deputy Peden observed Mr. Cox drive around the residence of [300 block] Ricky Dr., then onto Ricky Dr. Deputy Peden terminated the attempt to stop the driver.

Deputy Peden and Deputy Carter patrolled the area. Deputy Peden located the motorcycle laid on its side partially in the roadway in the area of 323 Stackstone Way. Deputy Carter and Deputy Koehler responded.

Deputy Peden requested a list wrecker to be en route. Deputy Peden observed the motorcycle to have no registration plate, a busted ignition switch, and missing gas cap. After running the VIN through NCIC dispatch advised it was a 2019 Red Honda CBR300 registered to a Mr. [REDACTED], not matching the description of the driver. Deputies searched the area for the driver but did not locate him.

The owner of [200 block] Stackstone Dr., Mr. [REDACTED] approached Deputy Peden stating he believed the subject deputies were looking for was barricaded in his attic. Deputy Carter, Deputy Koehler responded back to the scene, as well as Sgt. Meadors, and Lt. Gibson. Deputies cleared the residence with Mr. [REDACTED].

Deputies located Mr. Cox locked into the crawl space of an upstairs bedroom in Mr. Sullivans’s residence. Mr. Cox appeared to be unresponsive. Deputy Peden requested EMS. Mr. Cox then awoke and was conscious, alert, and ambulatory. Mr. Cox was taken into custody. Search incident to arrest, a plastic baggie with a white crystal like substance was located in Mr. Cox left cargo pocket.

Deputy Peden requested the on call narcotics investigator. Detective Gallman responded. All evidence was turned over to Detective Gallman. Mr. Cox was transported to the Whitfield County Detention Center and turned over to booking staff. Booking staff located a plastic baggie with two white bars labeled as Xanax.

Deputy Peden gave the suspected narcotics to Detective Gallman. The narcotics investigation was turned over to the Narcotic Unit.

Deputy Peden issued Mr. Cox citations for Reckless Driving (O.C.G.A 40-6-390) on Citation #286901, and Driving without a Valid License (O.C.G.A 40-5-20) on Citation # 286902, as well as Criminal Trespass without Permission on Warrantless Arrest # 61941.

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