NWGA Scanner | January 20th, 2021

Dalton woman charged with DUI after 911 call from concerned citizen in Whitfield County

According to e Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on January 15th, 2020, at approximately 10:40 PM, Whitfield County Dispatch issued a BOLO for a white passenger car all over the roadway. Whitfield County Dispatch updated, saying the vehicle was on Cleveland Highway, turning onto Waring Road. Deputy Robledo was on Waring Road at the time of the BOLO. The deputy was driving down Waring Road when she spotted the white passenger car pulled into a carpet mill near Daris Street on Waring Road. The concerned motorist was in a pickup truck parked behind the white passenger car. The driver of the pickup advised the white passenger car was the vehicle that was all over the roadway. The deputy approached the white passenger car and made contact with the driver, identified as Courtney Postelle, 29 of Dalton, opened the door. The deputy asked Postelle if she was okay. Postelle stated that she was not okay. Postelle had chewing tobacco all over the front of her shirt. Postelle looked lost and unsure of why she pulled over and what she was doing. Postelle stated she noticed the 911 caller following her vehicle and decided to pull over. Postelle stated she was at her brother’s house and was on her way home. Postelle stated she had two bud light seltzers to drink. Postelle said she was not safe to drive because she had been drinking. The deputy requested another unit for field sobriety. The 911 caller and concerned citizen who called in the vehicle stated he was coming off the interstate when he spotted the white passenger car. The man stated the white passenger car had been all over the roadway. He stated the white passenger car driven by Postelle was on the wrong lane of travel and almost hit a vehicle. He stated that Postelle went over the median to get back on the correct lane of travel. Deputy Townsend arrived on the scene shortly after. When Postelle was out of the vehicle, she was very unsteady on her feet and, at one point, fell on the ground. Postelle could not follow simple directives given by deputies. Postelle showed several clues of impairment during the field sobriety tests. Due to Postelle’s actions, performance on field sobriety, and admission to consuming alcoholic drinks, it was determined Postelle was driving under the influence of alcohol. Postelle was placed under arrest for DUI. Postelle was read implied consent for ages 21 and over and said yes to a test of her breath. Once at the Whitfield County Jail, Deputy Rigsby administered the breath test using the intoxilyzer 9000. Two breath samples were taken, and the lower score of the two was 0.263. Postelle was cited for DUI-alcohol 0.08.