A Dekalb County firefighter was arrested by Winder Police Oct. 10 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Jonathan Francis Cowart, 26, of 186 Cole Circle in Bethlehem, was stopped on East May Street for traveling 57 mph in a 45 mph zone.

When the officer approached the vehicle to speak with Cowart, he noticed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle.

Cowart initially denied drinking before conceding he had consumed “a little bit.” When asked how much constituted “a little bit,” Cowart replied “three beers, at dinner.”

Cowart explained that he was a fireman and was headed to “Station 3, Avondale.”

After failing field sobriety tests, Cowart was placed under arrest. Cowart then asked the officer, “You know what this is going to do to me right?”

The officer responded that he did not know, but that Cowart had done it to himself.

Cowart further explained his actions saying he and his wife had been having difficulties and that was one of the reasons he had been out drinking. Cowart asked the officer if he could go with his wife when she arrived to pick up his vehicle, however, Cowart’s wife refused to come to the scene and the vehicle was towed.

Once inside the patrol car, Cowart again pleaded for leniency saying the arrest would cost him his wife and his job. The officer responded by reminding Cowart that as a fireman he should be aware of the dangers of driving while impaired.

When Cowart demanded to know if the officer felt bad for him, the officer replied, “Honestly, no.”

Cowart was transported to the detention center where he blew a .198 and .187 during the state administered breath test. He was charged with DUI and speeding.

Other recent arrests made by Winder Police include:

•Alberto Nieto, 30, 3651 Cresthill Drive, Flowery Branch, failure to appear.

•Angela Dawn Burris, 43, 2516 Marixa Drive, Statham, public intoxication.

•April Cheville-Francis Johnson, 29, 245 Apperson Drive, Winder, probation violation.

•Bobby Arthur Pendley, 18, 218 Baker Street, Statham, outstanding warrants.

•Cory Joseph Taylor, 19, 27 Alexander Street, Winder, probation violation and possession of a drug related object.

•Deondra F. Cornelius, 35, 2285 Brick Mill Court, Dacula, failure to appear.

•Dwight Jermaine Thorpe, 23, 80 King Street, Winder, hold for other agency.

•Emory Mason Dean, 19, 4380 Mars Hill Road, Bogart, failure to appear.

•Iris Gayle Hall, 30, 1201 Eatonton Road, Eatonton, probation violation.

•Jeffrey Wayne Gravitt, 55, 186 Parks Mill Apartments, Auburn, public indecency and vagrancy.

•Jimmy Hershal Ross Jr., 45, 161 Evergreen Lane, Winder, simple assault and criminal trespass.

•Jesus Susunaga Reyes, 23, 490 Willis Glenn Road Hull, outstanding warrant.

•Kayla Marie Atherton, 17, 1939 Diamond Ridge Drive, Statham, obstruction and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

•Pamela Vrooman, 47, 1612 Spring Hill Court, Monroe, DUI, no insurance and outstanding warrant.

•Pestos Tidos Charley, 47, 117 Capital Avenue, Winder, aggravated battery and aggravated assault.

•Richard Allen Webb, 44, 171-C Georgia Avenue, Winder, family violence simple assault.

•Stephen Tyler Weeks, 25, 38 Normandy Court, Winder, DUI and headlight violation.

•Tevin Jyre Moon, 18, 113 N. Williamson Street, Winder, probation violation.

•Tynesha Thurmond, 28, 126 Capital Avenue, Winder, obstruction, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

•William Otis Cox, 40, 707 Paden Drive, Lawrenceville, failure to appear.

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