NWGA Scanner | December 13th, 2021

Felons found with gun and large amount of meth, marijuana after DUI crash in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on November 25th, 2021, Lt. Gibson was en route to a disturbance call when the Whitfield County 911 Center advised that there had been a crash in the area of Old Praters Mill Road near Cleveland Highway. According to the report, “Dispatch advised there was a female in the passenger seat that was unconscious, and it appeared that the driver was attempting to flee the scene in the vehicle.” Lt. Gibson arrived and observed a silver Honda Civic in the ditch. The driver, later identified as Andrew Tyler Smith, 25, of Dalton, was revving the engine. While Lt. Gibson spoke with Mr. Smith, fire and EMS personnel began checking with the female passenger, later identified as Ms. Dasaray Marie Fowler, 23, of Trion. According to the report, “Mr. Smith stated that he did not know what happened to cause the crash. He stated, “when (he) came to, (he) was in the ditch.” Mr. Smith stated he had pulled into the parking lot of the Shell Gas Station and McDonald’s, 3896 Cleveland Hwy, in order to take a nap. Mr. Smith stated the next thing he knew. People were trying to wake him up while he was in the ditch.” EMS then alerted Lt. Gibson to a large plastic bag with a green leafy substance inside it, and while at the side of the vehicle, Lt. Gibson could detect the strong and distinct odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. According to the report, “Lt. Gibson did observe that Mr. Smith had a visible sway while he was checking his eyes, and he could detect the odor of marijuana emitting from Mr. Smith’s person. Lt. Gibson also observed that Mr. Smith’s face and eyelids were droopy, he had bags under his eyes, and his eyes were watery and bloodshot. When Lt. Gibson asked if Mr. Smith would perform further field sobriety tasks in order to rule out that Mr. Smith had been drinking, he responded in a low, slow, slurred speech, “I hadn’t been drinking, or anything like that.” Due to observing several validated clues and general indicators of impairment, Lt. Gibson asked Mr. Smith when the last time he smoked marijuana was, and he advised it was earlier this afternoon.” Smith was then placed under arrest for driving under the influence of drugs. Smith was read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice for Suspects Age 21 and Older. Mr. Smith did agree to submit to the state-administered chemical test of his blood, breath, and urine. While talking with Fowler stated that she may have warrants. Lt. Gibson then asked Ms. Fowler who the marijuana belonged to, but she stated that she would not answer that question. It was then confirmed that Fowler did have active felony arrest warrants in Walker and Catoosa counties, and they did wish to place a hold on Fowler. While further searching the vehicle, deputies located a blue backpack in the backseat. According to the report, In the front pocket of the bag, Lt. Gibson located a commercial-style packaging for cannabis. Inside the packaging was a clear plastic bag that contained a white crystal-like substance commonly identified as methamphetamine. There were also several other clear plastic sandwich bags in the front pocket of the bag. Inside the main pocket of the bag, Lt. Gibson located a large pouch and a gallon-sized bag full of what appeared to be marijuana. Inside the pouch, Lt. Gibson located several bags containing what appeared to be marijuana, two sets of scales, and more empty commercial-style packages of cannabis. On the larger of the two scales, Lt. Gibson observed a white powdery substance, and on the other scale, Lt. Gibson observed some green leafy substance within the seems of the scale.” A Taurus 38 special was also located on the ground where the vehicle was. According to the report, “During the drug influence evaluation, Lt. Gibson observed several validated clues, psychological and clinical manifestations of impairment, and it was his opinion as a drug recognition expert that Mr. Smith was under the influence of cannabis to the extent that he was incapable of operating a vehicle safely.” Smith was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with possession of marijuana – felony, possession of methamphetamine, possession to distribute- methamphetamine, possession tools for the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and DUI- drugs. Fowler was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with possession of marijuana – felony, possession of methamphetamine, possession to distribute- methamphetamine, possession tools for the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.