Pulaski man arrested on DUI, drug charges

Friday, October 10, 2008

A Marshall County Sheriff's deputy arrested a Giles County man in the predawn hours of Monday after a chase on Ellington Parkway where speeds exceeded 80 mph.

Public records at the Sheriff's Department tell that story and reveal the following details.

It was about 1:30 a.m. when Deputy Tony Nichols stopped Joseph Eugene Bowen, 21, of Pulaski, in front of National Bridle Shop on Fayetteville Highway.

Nichols first spotted Bowen driving north on Cornersville Highway near the intersection of New Lake Road. Nichols followed Bowen as he turned the green Cherokee he was driving onto the bypass, and saw him traveling "at 80-plus mph," according to the deputy's report. After Bowen ran a red light at the intersection with Higgs Road, Nichols activated his lights and siren, and made the stop around the corner from the bypass on Fayetteville Highway.

Nichols reported that he "detected an odor of alcohol" and that Bowen "performed poorly on field sobriety tests." Bowen was therefore placed under arrest for DUI and reckless driving.

The report continues, "Search of his vehicle revealed a plastic baggie containing several pills including 11 Xanax and four Soma" tablets.

Bowen told the deputy that he was driving someone else's Jeep and that the pills weren't his, according to the public record.

However, the report goes on, "A few minutes later Bowen stated that the pills did belong to him but he had not sold any. Bowen advised that he had a prescription for the Xanax and his wife had a prescription for the Soma.

"After arriving at the jail," Nichols' report adds, "I found that Bowen had money in three different places inside his wallet and each group of bills looked as if it were shoved there.

"Bowen stated that he was paid today for hauling hay and then stated that he wasn't sure how much money he had," the deputy reported. "I seized $219.21."

Bowen was then also charged with possession of Schedule II drugs for resale.

The whole episode started when a clerk at the Shell Station on Pulaski Highway called Cornersville Police to advise them that "a white male driving a green Cherokee had tried to relieve himself in the parking lot and she had run him off." The clerk got the license plate number and told Cornersville Officer Shawn Jones that she saw the vehicle heading north on 31-A. Jones advised the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, and Nichols was on the lookout for the Cherokee when he met it near New Lake Road.