NWGA Scanner | March 20th, 2021

Chattanooga woman found DUI while in possession of drugs after traffic stop on I-75 in Gordon County

According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Thursday, March 11th, 2021, at approximately 9:13 PM, Deputy Holley was patrolling the area of I-75 northbound when he observed a white in color passenger car traveling in front of him drifting back and forth from the far left lane to the middle lane. The deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle I-75 northbound at exit 320. The deputy approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, later identified as Sierra Victoria Hayes, 21, of Chattanooga. While the deputy was speaking with Hayes and getting her information, he observed a clear plastic corner baggie and some weed residue in the passenger-side floorboard. When asked about it, Hayes stated that her boyfriend often smokes marijuana in her vehicle. The deputy requested a Georgia State Patrol Trooper be en route to evaluate Hayes due to her driving mannerisms. Trooper Daniels arrived on the scene began evaluating Hayes. During a probable cause search of the vehicle, the deputy located multiple white in color pills suspected to be Alprazolam which is a schedule four controlled substance. Hayes showed several clues of impairment during field sobriety testing and was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of drugs by Trooper Daniels. Hayes advised the pills were not hers. The deputy advised Hayes they were found in her white purse, and she stated that it was not her purse even though her identification cards were in the purse. When asked if she had any further illegal drugs on her, Hayes lifted her shirt up and exposed her breast on the side of the interstate to show that she had nothing on her person. Hayes was advised to stop and was quickly handcuffed behind her back. Hayes was transported to the Gordon County Jail where the deputy also found Acetaminophen and Oxycodone Hydrochloride, which is a schedule two controlled substance, in her purse. Hayes was booked on charges of DUI-driving under the influence of drugs, failure to maintain lane, possession of schedule 4 controlled substance, possession of schedule 2 controlled substance, and drugs to be kept in original container.