New Year’s Eve party punch leads to arrest of Dahlonega man


CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Dahlonega man on New Year’s Day and charged him with battery, following an early morning altercation at a New Year’s Eve party in Cleveland.

Deputies arrived at 89 FM Drive at approximately 2:45 a.m. where they were told that James Randall Johnson, 43, of Dahlonega had become combative and punched one of the party goers.

According to the incident report, deputies tried to question Johnson about the incident but “he was very intoxicated” and incapable of answering. Johnson’s wife said she took a bottle of alcohol away from her husband and he became angry and went outside.

Sandy Smith, the homeowner, and Michael Imsand, 58, went outside and got Johnson to come back inside and led him to a workshop in the home away from the party in an attempt to calm him down.

When they arrived at the workshop, Johnson and Imsand fell down and Imsand struck his head on a concrete floor. Smith said Johnson attempted to punch Imsand but he grabbed Johnson’s arm.

Smith said while Imsand was laying on the floor in fear of being struck, he produced a handgun to defend himself but immediately turned the gun over to Smith. At that point, he said, Johnson struck Imsand in the nose with a closed fist.

Johnson was placed in handcuffs and transported to the White County Detention Center.


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