Off-duty Centerville officer helps Georgia deputy make arrest on way home from vacation

CENTERVILLE — An off-duty Centerville police officer is being recognized by his department after he helped a Georgia deputy while returning from a family trip.

Officer Adam Bennett was on I-85 driving home July 24 from vacation when he spotted a deputy trying to arrest someone on the side of the highway.

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“He saw a police officer trying to arrest a suspect on the side of the road but the suspect was resisting arrest,” Centerville police said in a statement. “Officer Bennett immediately pulled his car over, identified himself to the officer and then assisted him with the arrest before anyone may have been injured.”

Coweta County Sheriff’s Office said the woman involved in the incident had been pulled over by a deputy on I-85 for a window tint issue. The deputy discovered the woman, identified as Kendra Fowler, had a suspended license and when trying to arrest her “she became resistant,” according to an incident report.

The deputy asked for extra officers to respond to help and that’s when Bennett and other off-duty officers stopped to help.

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Once officers got Fowler in handcuffs, deputies searched her vehicle and found suspected cocaine.

“We are proud of his actions which exemplified many of our core values: officer safety, attention to detail, team oriented, sense of urgency & professionalism,” Centerville police said.

Fowler ended up being charged with possession of cocaine, driving with a suspended license and illegal window tint.

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