Impaired driving and an illicit inventory of drugs led to one out-of-town couple’s recent arrest in Dawson County.
Dawson County Sheriff’s Office deputies booked Dahlonega couple Candace Marie Fields, 37, and Dayne Orion Wright, 29, into jail on several drug charges close to midnight on Oct. 15.
Both were charged with one count possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and
two counts of possessing a controlled substance, one count each for schedule I and II drugs.
Additionally, Fields was charged with a DUI for driving while impaired on a drug, marijuana.
Just before 10:30 p.m. that night, a Georgia State Patrol trooper responded to DCSO dispatch for assistance with a possibly impaired driver in the parking lot of Tractor Supply, according to the GSP report.
When the trooper arrived, he talked with the DCSO officer already on scene, who shared that the store’s owners had called the sheriff’s office about a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot.
The DCSO officer arrived and located the car, subsequently searching it and discovering marijuana and other illegal drugs, along with meth pipes.
The state trooper talked with Fields, who shared that she had smoked marijuana 30-45 minutes before his arrival and drove to the Tractor Supply looking for a hotel at which to stay.
The trooper could smell an odor of marijuana coming from her breath, so he asked Fields for permission to perform sobriety tests, to which she agreed.
Various tells led the trooper to surmise that Fields was too impaired to be driving. After arresting her, he read the implied consent notice for a blood test, which she agreed to, and took her to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
She was subsequently transported to the Dawson County jail and booked at 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 16, about an hour after Wright.
While Field’s DUI charge has a bond amount, no amount is listed for both her and Wright’s drug charges, instead noting that they need to see a judge regarding bond.