NWGA Scanner | March 6th, 2021

Gadsden woman becomes irate while being arrested for DUI after speeding and failing to maintain lane in Rome

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on February 27th, 2021, at around 10:41, FCPD Officer Sangphim was patrolling in the area of Chateau Drive. The officer was traveling north on Chateau Dr when he observed the vehicle in front of him speeding. The officer visually estimated the vehicle’s speed at approximately 55 mph in a 40 mph zone. While pacing the vehicle, the driver, later identified as Teresa Bright, 57, Gadsden, AL, left her lane of travel going from the inside lane to the outside lane and for a significant length of time driving in the center of both lanes. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on Chateau Drive near its intersection with US – 411 East. The officer made contact with Teresa and immediately smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her. The officer asked Teresa how much she had to drink. She stated she had three glasses of wine a few hours prior to driving. The officer advised that Teresa had slurred speech, her eyes were watery and bloodshot. When the officer asked her if she would be willing to consent to roadside evaluations to determine her sobriety, she stated, “no, I’m not blowing into anything.” After the officer explained to Teresa further, she then stated she would be willing to perform roadside evaluations. Teresa showed several clues of impairment during the field sobriety testing. She was unable to complete the tasks, and the officer felt it unsafe to continue to allow Teresa to attempt the one-leg stand. The officer advised Teresa to place her hands behind her back and informed her she was under arrest for DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol. Teresa began to attempt to pull her hands from the officer’s grasp and became verbally irate. Teresa began using racial slurs and profane language. She was eventually successful in pulling her hands from the officer’s grasp and was then placed into handcuffs without force. Teresa was read Georgia’s implied consent notice where she refused. The passenger was also found to be under the influence and unable to drive. Teresa was transported to the Floyd County Jail, charged with DUI, speeding, and failure to maintain lane.