NWGA Scanner | February 15th, 2022
According to a Walker County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on February 5th, 2022, at 4:39 AM, while patrolling the area of North Highway 27 and North Long Hollow Road, Deputy Fouts observed a 2008 Nissan Altima traveling well over the posted speed limit. Deputy Fouts reported, “[I] estimated the vehicle’s speed to be about 85 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. [I] activated my radar’s front antenna and checked the doppler tone as well as the display and watched the speed of the vehicle climb from 84 mph to 90 mph in a 55 mph zone. [I] activated my emergency equipment and pulled out after the vehicle.” The driver, later identified as Donald Keadren Rowe, 23, of Fort Oglethorpe, began to slow down and then sped back up before coming to a complete stop at North Highway 27 and Osburn Road. The deputy made contact with Rowe and advised him of the reason for the stop. While speaking with Rowe, the deputy reported he detected the strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. Deputy Fouts reported, “[I] noticed his eyes to be droopy and his speech slurred. [I] asked the driver if he wanted an accuracy test of the radar, and he stated, “No you’re straight. I know I was speeding.” [I] then asked him to exit the vehicle, and he did. He was very unsteady on his feet while exiting. [I] asked him to step away from his vehicle, and [I] detected again the odor of burnt marijuana and the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person.” Rowe refused to answer any further questions and refused implied consent. The passenger, James Knight, voluntarily gave a breath sample and blew a 0.006 BrAC. The vehicle was turned over to him. Deputy Blesch transported Rowe to the Walker County Jail, charged with speeding, reckless driving, and DUI.