NWGA Scanner | November 20th, 2022
According to a Walker County Sheriff’s Office, On Friday, October 28th, 2022, 2:45 PM, while patrolling the area of North Highway 27 and Bell Road, Deputy Fouts observed a school bus in the southbound lanes put up its stop signs with its lights flashing unloading students. Deputy Fouts reported, “[I] observed two vehicles pass the school bus traveling northbound. [I] activated my emergency lights in an attempt to gain the right of way to get out into traffic to stop the vehicles. A 2007 Mercury Mountaineer then passed the school bus and me with my emergency lights activated, going into the turn lane to avoid hitting me.” Deputy Fouts was able to get the vehicle stopped and made contact with the driver, identified as Alexia Duncan, 21, of LaFayette, who stated that she never saw a school bus or the deputy patrol vehicle. Deputy Fouts then asked her for her license, and she stated that she was on the way to the DMV to get it. Deputy Fouts then detected the odor of both burnt and unburnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. When asked for some form of ID, Alexia stated she never had one. Deputy Fouts then asked the passenger, identified as Tonisha Duncan, 22, of LaFayette, for her license. She also stated that she did not have one. Alexia returned through Georgia suspended for implied consent violation (DUI) date July 3rd, 2022, suspension date of August 18th, 2022. Alexia also returned with a felony warrant through the Walker County Sheriff’s Office. When other units arrived on the scene, a probable cause search was conducted on the vehicle. Deputies located marijuana and found an open container of Mai Tai Myers’s rum that smelled the same as what was in the clear cup in the cup holder. Walker 911 then advised the passenger Tonisha also had a felony warrant through Hamilton County, TN, and that they would extradite her. She was also placed under arrest. Alexia was booked into the Walker County Jail, charged with driving without a valid license, open container violation, possession and use of drug-related objects, fail to stop for school bus unloading, and failure to appear. Tonisha was booked on a fugitive of justice charge for the hold for Hamilton County.