NWGA Scanner | November 17th, 2021
According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, on November 6th, 2021, Trooper Judd Whitfield of Dalton Post 5 was traveling north in the right lane on the Georgia 1 Loop in Rome. Trooper Whitfield reported, “[I] observed the listed (2021 Cadillac Escalade) vehicle traveling north directly in front of me in the left lane. The driver, later identified as kelsey Michelle Smith, 31, of White, Bartow County, was failing to maintain lane by crossing the right and left lines. Smith failed to signal while changing into the right lane. Smith continued to fail to maintain lane.” The trooper conducted a traffic stop near Georgia 53. Smith seemed to be upset. Her eyes were bloodshot and watery. The trooper asked Ms. Smith if everything was ok. She stated that her husband had been shot a year ago. While speaking to Ms. Smith, I could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage about her person. Trooper Whitfield reported, “[I] asked her if she had been drinking. She stated that she had not. [I] asked her if she would blow into my PBT (Portable Breath Test Unit). She agreed but was unable to blow while in the vehicle. [I] asked her to exit the vehicle and step to the front of my patrol vehicle. [I] gave her instructions on how to blow into the PBT. She then attempted to blow into the PBT unit but would not give a sufficient sample.” After multiple attempts, she gave a sample that tested positive for an alcoholic beverage .162. She then said she had some alcoholic drinks before she left her house. During Field Sobriety Testing, she showed several signs of impairment. Smith was then placed under arrest for DUI. Smith was read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice for suspects over 21 requesting a blood sample. Smith verbally refused by stating “no”. While checking the vehicle, the trooper observed four empty bottles of Barefoot Chardonnay Wine in the center console next to the driver. The bottles were still cold to the touch. Smith was transported to the Floyd County Jail, charged with DUI driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane change, open container violation, and failure to maintain lane.