Catoosa Couple convicted of drunken boat towing

DA comments on prosecuting felon with gun laws

RINGGOLD, Georgia (WDEF) – Towing a boat back in January landed a Georgia couple in jail last week.

Ringgold Police say that Philip Lamar Byrd and Tamera Marie McAnnally were in a vehicle moving the boat in the early morning hours of January 30.

Byrd was driving the truck on Highway 151.

Police say he didn’t have the proper equipment to tow a large boat.

And then he ran through a couple of red lights in Ringgold.

The policeman pulled him over as he was trying to get on I 75.

The officer said Byrd was clearly under the influence, acting loud and bizarrely.

When he fail field sobriety tests, the officer arrested him for DUI and traffic offenses.

They say Tamera McAnnally was in the passenger seat.

When she learned that the truck would have to be towed, they say she refused to hand over the keys, locked the doors and rolled up the windows.

An officer eventually broke a window to arrest her.

They say found a .22 revolver in the truck.

Since both of them have records, neither was allowed to possess the gun.

When they went on trial last week, the jury found Byrd guilty DUI and traffic violations.

McAnnally was convicted of Obstruction.

And both were convicted of Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon.

The judge gave both of them 10 year sentences.

District Attorney Chris A. Arnt commented on the gun convictions.

“We have seen a significant rise across the country in illegal firearm possession and usage. While some woke politicians and prosecutors have decided the solution is passing more gun laws that impact only law abiding citizens, we have taken a different approach in the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit. We believe in actually prosecuting the laws already on the books and holding those who illegally use or possess guns accountable. If you are a convicted felon and possess a gun in our circuit you should expect to go to prison. The solution to the growing crime problem in America is to actually hold criminals accountable.

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