NWGA Scanner | August 14th, 2021
According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on August 3rd, 2021, at around 12:50 AM, Officer Pelanek was sitting on Calhoun Road when he clocked a car heading south at 73 mph in the 45 mph zone. Officer Pelanek reported, “At that time, [I] started to turn around to pull the vehicle over. When [I] activated my lights and sirens, the driver stepped it up. The driver turned onto New Hermitage [I] advised dispatch that [I] was attempting to stop a vehicle.” The driver, later identified as Marena Jade Cescutti, 24, of Rome, slowed down but kept going for several miles before turning on Cinnamon Lane. Marena then pulled into her address on Cinnamon Lane. According to the report, when the officer was exiting his patrol car, Marena started to get out as well and had to be told numerous times to stay inside her car. The officer reported Marena would not listen to simple commands. Officer Pelanek reported, “She kept saying that she wanted to go home and that she wanted her grandfather. While asking why she did not stop, she told me she did not see me and then said that she did not know [I] was trying to pull her over. Because of how Marena was not staying still and staying up against her car like [I] asked her to do, [I] felt it would be better to go ahead and detain her for my safety.” After running Marena through dispatch, she returned with a valid warrant out of Gordon County. Officer Tetsworth arrived to assist with the traffic stop. Both officers reported they could smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath. Sgt. Holbrook arrived on the scene and did some roadside evaluations. Sgt. Holbrook reported, “[I] asked if she would perform standardized field sobriety tests. She stated she would if [I] was going to pass her, but if [I] was going to fail her, she did not want to do the test. [I] explained to her [I] would have to see how the test went.” Marena showed several clues of impairment during field sobriety testing and was placed under arrest for DUI. Sgt. Holbrook reported he could visible see several open containers of vodka that were empty in the driver’s floorboard. She was then read implied consent and would not answer. Marena was transported to the Floyd County Jail, charged with speeding, open container violation, and DUI driving under the influence of alcohol.