NWGA Scanner | August 2nd, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on July 23rd, 2021, at approximately 9:08 PM, the Whitfield County Communication Center gave a BOLO for a grey in color KIA SUV that was driving reckless. According to the report, “Callers stated they were following the vehicle, and the vehicle was failing to maintain its lane and driving in the ditch. A witness stated he saw the vehicle turning right onto Cleveland Hwy from Waring Road. He stated the vehicle turned wide right and started to travel southbound in the northbound lanes. He stated he believed the driver knew they were traveling into oncoming traffic and ran over the concrete divider that separated the northbound and southbound lanes.” The concerned citizen followed the vehicle because he thought the driver was having a medical emergency. He went on to state he observed the vehicle traveling at a low speed, approximately 15 mph, and saw the vehicle run a red light at the Dalton Bypass and Cleveland Hwy intersection. The vehicle then pulled into the parking lot of 1301 N Glenwood Ave. According to the report, “Lieutenant Martinez was the first officer on scene. Lt. Martinez told Deputy Spivey, he could smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver, who would later be identified as Allison Peppers Bourg, 36, of Ringgold. Ms. Bourg told Lt. Martinez she had two vodka tonics at the Dalton Country Club.” During the conversation with Bourg, Deputy Spivey reported he smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her. According to the report, “Deputy Spivey asked Ms. Bourg how many alcoholic beverages did she drink tonight. Ms. Bourg stated she only had two vodka tonics at the Dalton Country Club.” Bourg showed several clues of being highly intoxicated during field sobriety tests. The deputy even stopped the test because he was afraid Bourg would lose her balance and fall. According to the report, “Deputy Spivey then asked Ms. Bourg if she would do a breath test in an Alco-Sensor. Ms. Bourg stated yes and blew a .301. Deputy Spivey asked Ms. Bourg again how many alcoholic beverages she had. Ms. Bourg now stated she had four vodka tonics. Bourg was then placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. According to the report, Sergeant Dalton located a bottle of Absolut Vodka that was almost empty in the rear hatch of the SUV while searching it. Bourg was then transported to the Whitfield County Jail. According to the report, Bourg stated she did not refuse a test and would perform the state test. During the state-administered test, Bourg asked why she was in jail. Officer Carli Redmond advised Bourg she was in jail because she was driving while drunk. Bourg then stated she knew she was drunk. Bourg’s state-administered test result showed her BrAC to be .287. Bourg was charged with DUI driving under the influence of alcohol.