Women arrested for endangering children

by Wes Mayer

Two women were arrested by Newnan Police officers earlier this week for endangering children riding in their vehicles.

• Tammy Fowler, 43, was arrested by officers Abraham Bordeaux and Van Meadows with the Newnan Police Department on Saturday around 11:44 p.m. Meadows wrote in an incident report report that he was working traffic enforcement on the North Court Square when he saw Fowler driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street. Fowler was pulled over and officers approached her vehicle — two children, age 1 and 13, were also inside.

According to Meadows, when they approached Fowler, the officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. When asked how much she had to drink, Fowler claimed she only drank peppermint tea. Officers then asked Fowler to step out of the vehicle for field sobriety tests.

Fowler then failed the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, the walk and turn test and the one leg stand test, according to Meadows. She was then asked to blow into an alco-sensor, and Meadows attempted numerous times, but Fowler couldn’t seem to blow into the monitor. After this, Meadows placed Fowler in handcuffs and charged her with misdemeanors for driving under the influence of alcohol less safe, driving the wrong way on a one-way street and two counts of endangering a child under the age of 14 by driving under the influence.

Fowler was transported to the Coweta County jail, and her two children were later picked up by her husband.

• Gwendolyn Lavette Respess, 31, was arrested Monday around 9:12 p.m. after Officer Christopher Robinson saw her make an illegal u-turn at the intersection of Bullsboro Drive and Newnan Crossing Boulevard — Respess apparently made a u-turn from the eastbound travel lanes, and not the turn lanes, according to the officer.

Robinson wrote in his police report that after he initiated a traffic stop, he counted seven children under the age of 13 sitting in the vehicle without any seat belts or restraints — one child, about 5 years old, was sitting on the center console. The others were aged 2, 3, another 5-year-old, 7, 8 and 12.

According to Robinson, after running Respess’ license, he found she only had a Florida learner’s permit and never has had a driver’s license. Respess was then placed in handcuffs and charged with misdemeanors for driving without a license, making an improper u-turn, and seven counts of child restraint violations.

Respess’ mother and father arrived to transport and properly restrain the seven children, Robinson said.



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