Atlanta woman stopped for speeding in Chattooga County obstructs deputy during DUI arrest

According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On November 26th, 2022, at 8:57 AM, Deputy Wilks was sitting stationary at GA-1 and Silver Hill Road when he observed a red passenger car traveling north on GA-1 at 84 mph in a 65 mph zone. Deputy Walks initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Tenesha Ronsha Bowen, 41, of Atlanta. Deputy Walks reported, “While speaking with the driver, she appeared to be creating distance by way of leaning back in her seat toward the middle console. Bowen stated she was an Uber driver but was on her way to visit her fiancé who is an inmate at Hays State Prison. Further speaking with Bowen, an apparent strong odor of burnt marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle. Bowen stated the last time she smoked marijuana was the night before.” During voluntary field sobriety tests, Bowen showed several signs of impairment. During the arrest, Bowen tensed up and ignored several lawful commands to step inside Deputy Wilks’s patrol car. Bowen then collapsed to the ground, refusing more lawful commands. Bowen eventually got into the patrol vehicle and agreed to the state test. Bowen was booked into the Chattooga County Jail, charged with DUI-driving under the influence of drugs, speeding, no proof of insurance, and willful obstruction of officer’s x2. 

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