NWGA Scanner | October 16th, 2021

Rocky Face woman arrested for DUI after passing trooper going over 100 mph on I-75 in Gordon County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, on October 2nd, 2021, at approximately 5:27 AM, Sergeant Gass of the GSP Nighthawks DUI Task Force North was traveling northbound on I-75 in the left lane. SFC Gass reported, “[I] was behind a vehicle which was traveling north at the speed limit. To my right, a tractor-trailer was in the middle lane. There was another vehicle in the right lane. [I] observed a vehicle approaching from the rear at a high rate of speed. As the vehicle approached on the right, it cut between the tractor-trailer and the vehicle in the right lane, nearly causing a crash. The vehicle, identified as a Subaru Forester, continued north at a high rate of speed, in excess of 100 miles per hour. [I] checked the Subaru’s speed with my RADAR just before it exited into the rest area.” The trooper followed the Subaru through the rest area, where he observed the driver, later identified as Melanie Camille Chang, 34, of Rocky Face, fail to stop for a stop sign, drive the wrong way down a one-way, and jump a curb. The trooper initiated a traffic stop with the vehicle and made contact with Chang. SFC Gass reported, “While speaking with Ms. Chang, [I] noticed the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from her breath. Ms. Chang’s eyes were watery and bloodshot, and her speech was slurred. Ms. Chang stated she was coming from Atlanta, where she had been at Blind Willie’s bar. She stated that she had a couple of drinks about two hours prior. She then stated that she had probably three drinks total. According to the report, During field sobriety tests, Chang showed several signs of impairment. SFC Gass reported, “After testing, [I] asked Ms. Chang where she would place herself on a scale from 0 to 10 with 0 being stone-cold sober and ten being falling down drunk. She stated that she was at a 2 or 3.” Chang was placed under arrest for DUI driving under the influence of alcohol. The trooper read her the Georgia Implied Consent Notice for suspects age 21 or over and requested a chemical test of her blood. According to the report, “She initially stated, “I don’t know,” before attempting to explain her situation. She ultimately refused consent for the test.” Chang was then transported to the Gordon County Jail, where she was charged with speeding and DUI.