NWGA Scanner | September 22nd, 2021

Menlo woman charged with DUI after driving on the wrong side of Highway 48 in Chattooga County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, on September 11th, 2021, at 8:44 PM, Trooper Smith was sitting stationary in the driveway of JP Smith Lumber Yard on SR 48 in Chattooga County. Trooper Smith reported, “[I] observed a vehicle traveling west on SR 48 heading towards my location. The vehicle crossed the double yellow line and rumble strip into the eastbound lane briefly, then crossed back into the westbound lane. As the vehicle passed my location, I turned onto SR 48 and attempted to catch up with the vehicle. [I] activated my emergency (blue) lights as the vehicle was on the wrong side of the roadway as it approached the intersection of Peach Orchard Road and SR 48.” The vehicle pulled onto the lot of the convenience store. When the trooper exited his patrol, the vehicle began rolling forward a few feet. The trooper instructed the driver, later identified as Alison Eliane Mitchell, 43of Menlo, to put the vehicle in a park in which she did. Upon approaching and speaking with Mitchell, the trooper reported a strong odor of alcohol could be smelled emitting from her breath. According to the report, Mitchell indicated that she had only consumed a small glass of wine with her meal earlier. During field sobriety testing Mitchell showed several clues of impairment. After several attempts, a breath sample was obtained (sucking air instead of blowing), which showed positive for alcohol BAC .147. Mitchell, who refused implied consent, was placed under arrest for DUI and transported to the Chattooga County Jail, charged with DUI and driving on the wrong side of the roadway.