NWGA Scanner | March 22nd, 2022

Acworth woman arrested on DUI child endangerment charges after swerving all over I-75 in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On March 12th, 2022 at 7:45 PM, Deputy Dennison was traveling northbound on I-75 near mile marker 340 when he observed a gold Chevy Cruz, “jerking back in forth” in the middle lane while failing to maintain its lane. According to the report, “Deputy Dennison stated he then pulled up next to the car to see if the driver was distracted, but the driver did not appear to be. Deputy Dennison then got back behind the vehicle and activated his blue lights to conduct a traffic stop. Deputy Dennison then advised the vehicle continued until about mile marker 342, where the vehicle stopped in the middle of the right lane. Deputy Dennison had to advise the driver multiple times to move over to the shoulder.” The deputy made contact with the driver, Kahrys Renee Badgett, 28, of Acworth, and immediately noticed an extremely strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. Kahrys refused to exit the vehicle, so the deputy advised dispatch to send him additional units. According to the report, “At this time, Deputy Findley, a Tunnel Hill Officer, and a Trooper responded to assist. Once Deputy Findley arrived on scene, Kahrys exited the vehicle and was speaking to the Tunnel Hill Officer while Deputy Dennison explained to Deputy Findley what happened and explained how he believed that Kahrys might be under the influence of alcohol. Due to Deputy Dennison being clocked out and on his way home, Deputy Findley took over the traffic stop and DUI investigation.” Deputy Findley then approached Kahrys, who was standing outside on the shoulder with the wind blowing. Deputy Findley reported he immediately noticed a very strong smell of alcoholic beverage coming from her person. According to the report, “Deputy Findley asked Kahrys if she had been drinking any alcoholic beverage, and at first, she did not want to answer the question but then admitted that she had been drinking vodka. Deputy Findley then asked her how much vodka she had to drink, and Kahrys stated “a few shots.” When Deputy Findley asked Kahrys to clarify, she said 3 shots of vodka. Kahrys then stated she had drunk the vodka prior to driving.” During field sobriety testing, Kahrys showed several signs of impairment. The deputy retrieved his breathalyzer and attempted to have Kahrys blow into it, but Kahrys knocked the first tube onto the ground and then started sucking through the second tube. Deputy Findley had to advise Kahrys several times to blow through the tube, and Kahrys would only blow very softly before beginning to suck back in. Even while doing this, the breathalyzer still read .175, and still rising at a slow rate when Deputy Findley turned the breathalyzer off. Kahrys was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state test. Two juvenile children, a two-year-old, and a seven-year-old, who were both in the back seat, were turned over to a relative. The Trooper advised when he was helping get the two-year-old out of the vehicle, the juvenile was not even buckled incorrectly. Deputy Findley then transported Kahrys to the Whitfield County Jail, where she showed a breath alcohol content of .353, the lowest out of two samples. Kahrys was charged with DUI-Alcoholic, DUI-Child Endangerment x2, and Child Safety Restraint.