NWGA Scanner | February 3rd, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on January 29th, 2021, at approximately 10:40 PM, the Whitfield County Communications Center received a 911 call from a concerned citizen that was traveling southbound on I-75. The citizen advised that they were behind a black Jeep Cherokee that was failing to drive within its lane of travel. The communications center gave a be on the lookout (BOLO) on the vehicle. The caller advised that the vehicle exited at the Rocky Face exit. Lt. Boling was in the area when the BOLO was given and got behind the black Jeep Cherokee on the North Bypass. The Jeep was driving all over the roadway and failing to drive within a single lane of travel. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle on the North Bypass at Cleveland Highway. Another deputy was requested to respond to assist with the traffic stop. The deputy began speaking with the driver Jennifer Wilder, 36 of Dalton, outside of the vehicle. The assisting deputy began speaking with Wilder and could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from her person. He also reported that her eyes were glassy. Wilder advised that she recently separated from her husband and that she was coming from his house. Wilder said that she was upset while she was driving and said that she had one glass of wine approximately 15 minutes prior to being stopped. The deputy informed Wilder that his concern was her ability to operate the vehicle safely. Before the walk and turn test Wilder made a comment about having boots on and said, “didn’t I just pass that,” referring to the HGN examination. Wilder took her first step and stepped off the line. She stopped walking and told the deputy that she was too cold to do the task. Since Wilder said that she was too cold to do the examinations, the deputy had attempt other field sobriety tests. Wilder then to blew into an alco sensor device, showing a positive reading of 0.186. Wilder was then placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. Deputy Pack handcuffed her and read her the Georgia Implied Consent Notice for Suspects age 21 and Over. After reading the notice, Wilder would not give an answer and said she could not answer it without her lawyer. She asked the deputy if it would go against her, and he explained to her that he could only read the notice to her again, but he couldn’t give her any advice. Wilder said again that she could not answer it without her lawyer.
Wilder was transported to the Whittled County Jail charged with failure to maintain lane and DUI – alcohol – less safe.