Knoxville man arrested after driving drunk with kids down I-75 in Whitfield County
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff's Office incident report, on October 11th, 2020, at approximately 1:16 PM, Deputy Witt and Deputy Fields responded to a BOLO for a vehicle that was possibly being operated by someone under the influence of alcohol. Both deputies stood by at the Southbound entrance ramp to I-75 south Exit 336 (Rocky Face). Deputies observed the vehicle pass their location and followed it to observe driving. A deputy initiated a traffic stop on a white in color Chevrolet passenger van with a Tennessee tag due to the vehicle failing to maintain its lane of travel. Deputies spoke with the driver, identified Michael Marlowe, 44, of Knoxville. Marlowe stated that he was taking his kids from Knoxville, TN, to Six Flags. A deputy asked Marlowe to step out of the vehicle to speak with him. While speaking with Marlowe, the deputy explained that he had been stopped for failing to maintain lane. When asked if he had been drinking, Marlowe stated that he had four 16 oz beers at approximately 2:00 AM. Marlowe agreed to perform standardized field sobriety testing. According to the report, Marlow displayed a lack of smooth pursuit in both eyes, distinct and sustained nystagmus in both eyes, and the onset of nystagmus prior to 45 degrees in both eyes for a total of six out of six clues. During the walk and turn test, deputies observed Marlow step offline multiple times and make an incorrect turn. Marlow refused the one-leg stand test. Lt. Gibson arrived at this time to assist deputies already on the scene. Lt. Gibson administered an alcohol breath test with an Alco-Sensor. Marlow gave a positive reading of .229. Marlow was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. Marlowe refused to take any state-administered test. Marlow was booked into the Whitfield County jail charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence - child endangerment. Another deputy transported two juveniles who were in the vehicle to the Whitfield County Sheriffs Office to be picked up by their mother. A deputy spoke with Ms. Marlowe when she arrived to pick up the juveniles. She stated that Micheal had wanted to pick up the kids from her last date, but she did not allow him to because he sounded like he had been drinking alcohol. She stated Micheal had picked up the kids at her home in Knoxville at around 10:00 AM. She stated that as soon as they left, the kids began texting her, saying Micheal smelled like alcohol and asking if he was drunk. The children texted her again, stating that they were afraid they were going to crash due to Marlowe's driving.