NWGA Scanner | November 5th, 2022
According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On October 25th, 2022, at 1:52 AM, Corporal Thomas was sitting stationary on Dietz Road at Hidden Creek Lane watching traffic when he observed a 2014 Cadillac SRX speeding 51 MPH in a 35 MPH zone. Corporal Thomas initiated a traffic stop so that the driver, later identified as Emma Jewel Bonnick, 21, of Rock Spring, could pull onto the Walgreens parking lot; however, she pulled in, a long way into the driveway of the driving range just north of Walgreens and in a way that left Corporal Thomas’ vehicle completely in the road. According to the report, “CPL Thomas announced on his vehicle’s PA system for the offender to pull onto the lot of Walgreens. Rather than just pulling forward, Emma put the car in reverse, sat there for 5 seconds, backed up a few feet and stopped, sat there for 6 seconds, then pulled forward into Walgreen’s parking lot and stopped.” When Corporal Thomas made contact with Emma, he was able to smell the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. Emma immediately denied that there was any marijuana in the car or that she had been around anyone who had smoked marijuana recently. As Emma spoke to the deputy, he began to smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath as she spoke. He could also see that her eyes appeared bloodshot and droopy, as if she were very sleepy. Corporal Thomas asked Emma if she’d been drinking, and she said no. He told her he could smell alcohol on her breath, and she replied that this was her mother’s car and that her mother was an alcoholic. When asked again if she had anything to drink, she said no. Corporal Thomas asked Emma if she would do field sobriety testing and she said not happening. During a probable cause search of the vehicle, Corporal Thomas located marijuana in the center console. Also, in the front pocket of a backpack, he found a second Rx bottle with the label scraped off of it. Inside the bottle, he found eight wafer-types of pills. Seven were orange, and one was yellow. The pills had markings on the back that read “Warning Pharaoh 240mg”. CPL Thomas was able to identify the pills on multiple websites, with DrugsDate.org showing it to be MDMA/Ecstasy while also stating it could possibly contain fentanyl. Also in the backpack was a large bottle of New Amsterdam Vodka. When asked about the items found, Emma advised they were her mom’s. Corporal Thomas advised she was now under arrest, and she said she wanted to speak to a lawyer. Emma refused the state testing of her blood and was transported to the Catoosa County Jail, DUI multiple substances less safe, speeding, possession of marijuana, and possession of schedule I controlled substance.