NWGA Scanner | November 22nd, 2022
According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On October 28th, 2022, at 8:42 PM, Trooper Mefford of Calhoun Post 43 was patrolling GA 293. While at the intersection of GA 1 Loop, Trooper Mefford was behind a black Ford Flex, which took an odd amount of time to go when the light turned green. As the Ford continued north on GA 1 Loop, the driver, later identified as Melanie Michelle Bollen, 56, of Rome, seemed to be having a hard time maintaining her lane of travel. Trooper Mefford reported, “[I] observed the vehicle weaving within the lane and then crossing over the fog line. As [I] was following behind the vehicle, [I] observed and checked, using my department-issued radar, that it was traveling 67 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. [I] then initiated my emergency lights, stopping the vehicle in the Circle K parking lot (1881 Calhoun Road).” The trooper asked her if there was any reason for her actions and she responded by stating that she was blinded by the trooper’s lights. While speaking with Bollen, the trooper detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from her breath. Bollen stated she was coming from her brother’s bar and that she was working there. Trooper Mefford reported, “[I] asked Ms. Bollen how much she had drunk. She responded, saying probably about four beers. [I] then had her exit her vehicle and walked to the front of my patrol vehicle. [I] asked her if she could tell me the size of the four beers she consumed. She stated 12-ounce beers.” During Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Bollen showed several signs of impairment. During the PBT test, Bollen would only barely blow, and the trooper was able to get a partial breath sample. It showed positive for alcohol, a result of .168 BrAC. Bollen was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state test. Bollen was transported to Floyd County Jail, charged with DUI, speeding, and failing to maintain a single lane.