Dawson Minshew

A 20-year-old Newton County man finds himself in trouble with the law in Baldwin County following his arrest on drug and traffic offenses Thursday night.

The man was identified as Dawson Bailey Minshew, of Hugh Drive, Covington, according to an incident report filed by Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brandon Towe.

Minshew was charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, driving under the influence of alcohol under the age of 21, failure to drive within a single lane, and driving outside driver’s license provisions.

Minshew was taken to the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center where he was jailed on those charges.

Towe said in his report that he saw the driver of a vehicle accelerate quickly after turning off Montgomery Street onto North Columbia Street. The deputy said as he pulled in behind the vehicle, he saw the vehicle swerve and cross over the white fog line.

“I initially was going to wait for a safer location to stop the vehicle, however, the vehicle swerved again, almost striking the curb and coming dangerously close to a power pole,” Towe said.

The deputy said he immediately turned on his blue lights to bring the truck to a stop. The driver stopped in the roadway near the intersection of North Columbia Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Towe said he got out of his patrol car and informed the driver as to the reason for the traffic stop. The deputy said he immediately detected the strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the truck.

The driver, later identified as Minshew, reportedly told the deputy that he had visited a bar in downtown Milledgeville where he drank beer earlier.

Towe said he asked Minshew to step out of his truck to talk with him.

The deputy said he removed a vape pen from one of Minshew’s pockets.

Towe said the thick brown substance inside was believed to be THC oil. The suspect also reportedly admitted the vape pen oil was THC.



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