NWGA Scanner | October 4th, 2022
According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on September 18th, 2022, at 12:25 AM, CPL Thomas stopped a white Ford F-150 on Steele Road after observing the truck speeding 43 mph in a 30 mph zone. As the driver, identified as Scott Howard Owens, 37, of East Ridge, TN, approached Honeyberry Lane, he drove over the center line before turning right onto Honeyberry. According to the report, “CPL Thomas made contact with Owens and could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle before he even began speaking. CPL Thomas informed Owens of the violation and saw that his eyes were red and slightly bloodshot and that he was reluctant to make eye contact at first. Owens stated he thought the speed limit was 40 MPH. Owens gave CPL Thomas a North Carolina driver’s license, and CPL Thomas asked him if he still lived there, and he said, “no, I have a permanent residence there”. Owens provided his registration, and it had a Chattanooga address on it. CPL Thomas asked him did he have a permanent residence in Chattanooga or in North Carolina, and he said, “both”. CPL Thomas asked the offender how much he’d had to drink and told him he could smell it from him, and Owens said he’d only had “a couple of drinks”.” During field sobriety testing, Owens showed several signs of impairment. During the PBT test, Owens stated, “I ain’t gonna pass that I promise you that”. CPL Thomas asked him if he was over the limit and he replied, “I probably am, yeah”. Owens showed BAC of 113 on the PBT. According to the report, “CPL Thomas asked Owens if he was sure he’d just had two drinks and he said, “well they were very strong drinks”. Owens was placed under arrest for DUI. The passenger Kelley Nowicki, 54, advised the deputy she had also been drinking too and was not ok to drive. Kelley called her son and told him Owens had been arrested. When he asked why, She then stated to her son, “because he’s had too much to drink, and I’ve had too much to drink.” Owens was transported to the Catoosa County Jail and charged with speeding and DUI.