NWGA Scanner | January 18th, 2021
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on January 9th, 2021, at approximately 11:13 PM Officer Womack, responded to a traffic crash at the intersection of East Walnut Avenue and Airport Road. Officer Castillo advised the officer that the at-fault driver may be under the influence. Officer O’Neal arrived on the scene and went to speak with the victim driver. Officer Womack approached the at-fault driver, Susan Elizabeth Ogle, 54, of Chatsworth, and had her roll down her window. Officer Womack reported, “When she rolled down the window [I] could smell a strong sweet smell with hints of an alcoholic beverage. Susan started her brakes were not working and pointed to a check engine light on her dashboard.” When asked, Susan stated she had not been drinking. Officer O’Neal asked why she told the other driver not to call the police, and she stated that she was afraid the police would harass her because of her previous DUI’s, stating, “You always do this to me.” Officer Womack reported that Susan’s responses were slightly delayed, and she continually looked away from him as they spoke. When asked to take some field sobriety tests, and she stated she would, but she was not good at them because “I’m clumsy .”Officer released the victim as they continued their DUI investigation. During the testing, Susan became visibly upset, stating, “I’m not good at this!” Susan showed several clues of impairment. When Susan lost her balance during the one-leg test, she began to plead, “Don’t do this”. Susan was placed under arrest for DUI-less safe. During a search of her vehicle, officers found two unopened cans of steel reserve spiked blue razz, an almost empty cup of blue liquid that smelled of a sweet alcoholic beverage, and a personal breathalyzer. When reading implied consent, Susan refused to answer the question. Susan was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where she was charged with DUI less safe and following too close. According to online records, Susan has previous DUI arrest by the Dalton PD.