N.C. brothers arrested with crack cocaine, marijuana

Two North Carolina brothers traveling through Gilmer County, one of them driving and weaving on Highway 515, were stopped and arrested with crack cocaine and other drugs, authorities said.

Shurmichalous Rontavious Owens, 35, of Murphy, was charged by the
Ellijay Police Department with DUI drugs/alcohol, possession of cocaine, possession of crack cocaine, possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, failure to maintain lane and
driving without a license.

Matthew Lee Owens, 30, of Cherryville, was charged with obstructing an officer, possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, possession of cocaine and possession of crack cocaine.

Officer Tony Heath was running speed detection in the median of Highway 515 near the 382 Connector on Feb. 24 when he noticed the driver of a 2004 Monte Carlo going just 52 mph in a 65 mph zone just after 12:30 a.m., according to an incident report.

The driver twice drove over the white line on the right side of the highway, and a tag light was out on the car.

Heath followed the car through East Ellijay, then stopped the driver a half-mile short of the intersection with Old Highway 5 North. Shurmichalous Owens showed Heath his identification.

“I could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath,” Heath wrote in the report. “I could also smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.”

When Heath asked Matthew Owens for his ID, he “stated he did not have to show me his ID since he was a passenger,” the report states. “I advised him he was right, but I just wanted to know who I was talking to.”

Matthew Owens “later ran from the stop on foot and was pursued and caught and arrested. Shurmichalous was later found to be driving under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs and was also arrested. Drugs were also found and collected as evidence.”

Shurmichalous Owens bonded out March 4 for $18,000, and Matthew Owens bonded out March 4 for $16,000, according to a jail spokeswoman.

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