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Pickup hits house; DUI charge filed

An alleged drunk driver who crashed into a house in the 1000 block of Betty Street and then drove away was so drunk he couldn’t walk on his own and began vomiting when officers tried to administer a breathalyzer test, Decatur police said.

Front-end damage helped officers recognize the black pickup as it traveled south on Fifth Avenue Southwest following the wreck, which took place at about midnight Friday, police said.

After being stopped by police, Cameron Nowlen Fowler, 23, of Decatur began driving toward the car of a second police officer arriving at the scene, a report stated.

Officers yelled for him to stop. They found him slumped behind the wheel, with a bloody nose and cuts on his face.

The airbag was deployed and had spots of blood on it, police said.

He refused to exit the vehicle, so officers wrestled him from the seat, placed him on the ground and handcuffed him
after a brief struggle, police said.

Fowler was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest and open container for allegedly having an open can of beer in the truck. The charges are misdemeanors. Police were unable to obtain consent for a breath test so they logged it as a refusal.

Seth Burkett

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