Conyers man charged in fatal crash on I-20 had prior arrests

COVINGTON — The man charged with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol in connection with the fatal car crash Sunday on Interstate 20 has been released on bond.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Felicia Jefferson said Poynter was released Tuesday on bond for charges of DUI and possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce.

Poynter may face more charges from the Georgia State Patrol, however, pending the completion of the GSP’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team investigation, according to the GSP.

Poynter was arrested around 3:30 a.m. Sunday after the 2014 Jeep Liberty he was driving crashed into the back of a Toyota Camry on the interstate and sideswiped a Chevrolet Sonic that had run out of gas on the shoulder of the interstate near Salem Road.

“At the time of the crash, the Toyota was leaving to get gas and was stopped in the right travel lane to obtain money for the fuel,” according to a press release from the GSP.

The collision killed Bruce Reeves, 19, of Covington, who had been traveling in the Chevrolet Sonic and was standing between the Toyota and the Sonic when Poynter’s vehicle collided with the Camry, according to the GSP.

Tonya Curtis, 35, of Alpharetta, who was the front-seat passenger in the Toyota Camry, was also killed in the crash. Four other individuals were injured in the wreck, as well. They were taken to Newton Medical Center, where they were treated and released, the GSP stated.

The charges stemming from Sunday’s wreck were not Poynter’s first brush with the law. He has been arrested several times in the past 10 years on various charges in both Rockdale and Newton counties.

Most recently, Poynter was arrested on Nov. 7 — just three days prior to the fatal crash — in Covington on charges of possession of a controlled substance, public intoxication and drugs not in original container for an incident at Walmart where he was accused of using the ladies’ restroom while being under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

‘The charges he had from that incident were bondable and he did post bond and was released,” Deputy Jefferson said Tuesday.

After the Nov. 7 arrest, 29-year-old Poynter gave police two addresses 1065 Milstead Ave., Conyers, and 28-B Goode Road, also in Conyers.

Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Michael Camp said Poynter had been arrested in Rockdale County in July on charges of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. Poynter gave deputies at that time the address of 80 Church St., Apt. B, in Covington. He was released from the Rockdale County Jail after six days on a $1,500 bond, Camp said.

Camp said Poynter had also been arrested in October 2005 by the Georgia State Patrol and charged with DUI and was arrested in November 2006 on charges that he violated his probation.

In addition to these charges, Poynter had been arrested in 2003 in Rockdale County and charged with disorderly conduct. He was also charged with disorderly conduct and cruelty to children in the second degree in 2009 in Newton County. In December 2012, Poynter was arrested by the RCSO and charged with criminal trespass.