The LaFayette Police Department arrested a fugitive wanted in Alabama on felony drug warrants.

According to police reports, on Thursday, Dec. 28, around 11:35 p.m., police arrived to 17 Sunrise Drive with two bonding agents (bounty hunters) to serve a warrant on 29-year-old Derek Austin Rothell.

Rothell recently skipped his court date in DeKalb County in Alabama due to felony drug charges.

As police and the two bonding agents surrounded the residence, Rothell was instructed to come to the door.

Rothell had been spotted at the residence earlier that day by the two bonding agents.

Dana Michelle Tidwell, 45, came to the door while on her cell phone and told police she was on the phone with her lawyer. She did not open the door.

Tidwell told police she was going to get him to come to the door, but wanted to talk to the police "about something first."

Tidwell refused to open the door even after police continued to instruct her to open the door. Tidwell was told that the officers would break the window pane to gain entrance if she did not follow the order.

Tidwell became nervous and began to curse the officers and walked to the back door.

Tidwell eventually exited the door and walked onto the porch and attempted to close the door behind her, but the officer stopped her from shutting the door.

Tidwell used herself as a barrier between the door and the officer.

After gaining entrance, police and the two bounty hunters searched the residence for Rothell.

Rothell was located in the residence and appeared to be highly intoxicated, police reported.

Rothell told police, "I don't have a gun" and placed his hands in the air as was instructed by police.

Rothell was placed into custody and transported to the Walker County jail.

Tidwell was charged with one count of obstruction and/or hindering law enforcement officers.

Josh O'Bryant is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He can be reached at the Walker County Messenger office at 706-638-1859 and by email at