NWGA Scanner | December 4th, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on November 17th, 2021, at approximately 6:55 PM, Deputy Buchanan arrived at 1798 Crow Valley in reference to a possible intoxicated driver. According to the report, “A BOLO (be on the lookout) had been given for a grey Chevrolet Suburban Georgia tag. The 911 caller stated that the vehicle was failing to maintain its lane, even going off the road and speeding. She noted that the vehicle almost struck other vehicles, a mailbox, and a post on the side of the road. Deputy Buchanan was unable to catch up to the vehicle while it was driving but arrived just after it had pulled into 1798 Crow Valley. Upon arrival, Deputy Buchanan spoke to the caller, who stated that no one had gotten out of the vehicle, and she was not certain if that driver had seen her following them or not.”The deputy pulled into the driveway activated his blue lights. The deputy walked up to the vehicle and made contact with the driver Hannah Bowen, 30, of Dalton. Deputy Buchanan explained that someone had called in on her about her driving. According to the report, “Ms. Bowen stated that she was fine and at home. Deputy Buchanan could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Ms. Bowen’s person. Deputy Buchanan then ran Ms. Bowen’s Driver’s license, and the tag both did not return to the Crow Valley address she pulled into. Ms. Bowen explained to Deputy Buchanan then she had lived at the address since August 2020.” During HGN, Bowen showed several clues of alcohol impairment. The deputy then asked Bowen if she had been drinking, and she stated no. According to the report, “Deputy Buchanan asked Ms. Bowen if she was sure because her eyes were showing him differently. Ms. Bowen said that she was sure. Deputy Buchanan asked Ms. Bowen what was going on when she was driving and if she had been on her phone. Ms. Bowen stated that she had dropped her kids off on Cleveland Hwy and had not been on her phone. Deputy Buchanan then asked Ms. Bowen if she would blow in his Alcosensor to see if there was any alcohol in her system. Ms. Bowen then stated that she had been drinking but that she was not above .08. Ms. Bowen stated that she had drunk only two glasses of wine and that she would blow in the Alco-Sensor. Ms. Bowen then blew in the sensor, which afterward read .144.” While checking the vehicle, the deputy located a red plastic cup in another cup holder on the center console that was nearly empty; however, it still had a small amount of an alcoholic beverage in it. Deputy Findley read Bowen Georgia Implied Consent and asked for blood. According to the report, “Ms. Bowen refused that test.” Bowen was then transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with DUI alcohol less safe.