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Police: Marion firefighter facing OWI

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com

A firefighter with the Marion Fire Department could be facing multiple charges after Jonesboro police conducted a traffic stop on Saturday.

Police reports state that on Nov. 2, 33-year-old Chance E. Cowgill was booked into the Grant County Jail on a charge of operating while intoxicated, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

According to records from the Jonesboro Police Department (JPD), at approximately 1:05 a.m., an officer noticed a white Chevy Impala fail to maintain its lane as it traveled down North Lincoln Street, approaching 54th Street.

Reports state that the driver, Cowgill, was “visibly upset and argumentative … and slurred his speech …” during the traffic stop.

When officers asked where Cowgill was headed, he said he was going to a friend’s house after being involved in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend, during which he broke a door, according to JPD records.

According to a probable cause affidavit from the department, Cowgill admitted he’d been drinking, but maintained he wasn’t drunk.

When an officer attempted to administer Standard Field Sobriety Tasks, Cowgill reportedly became uncooperative and said, “Just take me to jail and get it over with,” according to the affidavit.

Reports state Cowgill was taken to the Gas City Police Department (GCPD) for a certified chemical test, which indicated Cowgill’s blood alcohol content was just over the legal limit at 0.083 percent.

According to police records, while doing inventory of Cowgill’s vehicle, a deputy with the Grant County Sheriff’s Department found a small brown container that had a leafy green substance in it, which had the odor of marijuana, as well as a small smoking device in the center console.

Around the same time, officers with GCPD were dispatched to Cowgill’s residence in connection to a reported domestic battery that had occured.

According to documents from GCPD, Cowgill’s girlfriend was found in the bathroom crying, with the door broken in half and blocking the entry, making her unable to get out.

In the report, both Cowgill and his girlfriend reported they’d been arguing.

Cowgill stated that he’d tried to pack a bag and leave, but his girlfriend took his bag and went into the bathroom, according to the report.

According to the report, Cowgill said he pushed on the door and broke it.

He said his girlfriend was nowhere near the door, but officers observed a mark on her face from where she said the door hit her, police reported.

According to the report, Cowgill said he then realized the situation was getting out of hand and left the residence.

Cowgill was released from the Grant County Jail on a $505 bond.

Both Cowgill and Marion Fire Department Chief Geoff Williams declined to comment on the situation.