NWGA Scanner | October 18th, 2022

Florida woman arrested for DUI after causing crash on I-75 in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On September 28th, 2022, at 11:11 PM, Deputy Mora was dispatched to exit 327 I-75 north in reference to a vehicle crash involving a red Ford Ranger and a white Honda Insight. According to the report, “The victim stated that he was driving northbound on I-75 north in the middle lane when he observed a vehicle from his driver side mirror coming at fast speeds. The victim stated he thought the vehicle saw him as it came close to him but did not slow down. The victim stated the vehicle hit him in the rear and spun him around, hitting the guard rail and placing the vehicle on the side of the median facing southbound.” Deputy Mora was advised by Hamilton Emergency Medical Services and Fire Department personnel that they smelled alcohol on the driver, identified as Erica Zenner, 46, of Middleburg, Florida, and found small bottles of alcohol shots in Zenner’s vehicle. Deputy Mora advised his supervisor Lt. Rann about possible intoxication from Zenner. During field sobriety testing, Zenner showed several signs of impairment and refused the state test. Deputy Mora and Lt. Rann found five small shots of alcohol and one plastic bag with meth under the floor mat on the passenger side of her vehicle. Once released from Hamilton Medical Center, Zenner was advised that she would be taken into custody. According to the report, “Ms. Zenner began to be aggressive and said that she is not going to jail. Deputy Mora attempted to calm her down but did not comply. Ms. Zenner went into the hospital’s restroom to change. While waiting, Deputy Mora advised Sgt. Southern (supervisor) of the situation and asked for further assistance. Ms. Zenner stepped out of the restroom, and Deputy Mora followed her for custody. Deputy Mora told Ms. Zenner that she was going to be taken into custody, but Ms. Zenner refused to listen to place her hands behind her back. After several attempts, Ms. Zenner kept yelling that the accident was not her fault and raised her voice, disturbing the peace of the hospital’s office and current patients. Deputy Mora had assistance from Hospital Security to place her into custody by grabbing her arms. Deputy Mora placed the handcuffs on Ms. Zenner, doubled locked them for a secure fit, and escorted her to the patrol car. While placing Ms. Zenner in the patrol car, she continued to be noncompliant by resisting to sit correctly, and Hospital Security had to force her in the patrol car.” Zenner was booked into the Whitfield County Jail and charged with failure to maintain lane Driving under the influence-less safe.