Dalton police charge hospital patient with impersonating officer

Dalton police charge hospital patient with impersonating officer

January 12th, 2017 by Tyler Jett in Local Regional News

Dalton, Ga., police charged a Hamilton Medical Center patient with impersonating an officer after he flashed a badge and brought an airsoft gun into the hospital.

According to an incident report, Noah Nolan carried the gun into the hospital's radiology department, where he was undergoing some procedures. Lillie Hood, a technician at the hospital, said she noticed the weapon in a holster on Nolan's side and left the room to tell her supervisor.

Tiffany Burns, another hospital employee, said she told Nolan that he should not have brought the gun inside. She thought the weapon was real. Nolan apologized, according to the report, but told Burns he received clearance to keep the gun.

"Nolan then pulled out a badge, displayed it, then apologized for not showing it sooner," a Dalton Police Department officer wrote in the report.

Nolan then said he would remove the weapon because he didn't want to scare anyone. Burns told an investigator that Nolan stated: "I left the gun on from having been at work." He later explained that he was a federal informant.

Dennis Dentmon, a public safety officer at the hospital, said he then visited Nolan's room. He took the weapon from him, only then realizing that it was actually an airsoft gun. Nolan told Dentmon he "could have sworn it was real," according to the report.

Dentmon said Nolan then told him he was a federal agent and flashed a badge at him. Dentmon asked Nolan for his supervisor's number. Nolan gave him some digits, Dentmon said, but they were not valid.

Dentmon then called the Dalton Police Department, which arrested Nolan.

Later, a police officer asked Nolan what he does for a living.

"Well," he said, according to the report, "I am not what I said I was."

Nolan remained in the Whitfield County Jail on Wednesday morning on a bond of $2,500.

Contact staff writer Tyler Jett at 423-757-6476 or tjett@timesfreepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @LetsJett.