Man indicted for felony drunk driving and jail contraband

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A Texarkana man recently indicted by a Bowie County grand jury is accused of repeatedly driving drunk, of driving with a fake license plate and of bringing synthetic marijuana into the jail.

Jonathan Fowler Jr., 38, was arrested for drunk driving, third or more offense, by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper following a traffic stop by Wake Village, Texas, police Feb. 28, 2016. According to a probable cause affidavit, Fowler smelled of alcohol and failed field sobriety tests after being pulled over in a white Chevrolet Suburban in Wake Village.

The temporary paper tag on the Suburban that Fowler was driving was determined to be fictitious after the number returned to a “hard plate” for a different make and model vehicle registered in Texas. While being booked into the Bowie County jail, staff noticed that Fowler appeared to have something in his mouth which he was attempting to chew and swallow.

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Officers managed to retrieve two small plastic bags from Fowler’s mouth containing a “brownish leaf-like substance,” believed to be synthetic marijuana. The suspected contraband weighed less than two ounces, according to the affidavit.

Fowler was indicted last week for felony DWI, prohibited substance in a correctional facility and tampering with evidence. The cases have been assigned to 5th District Judge Bill Miller.

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