NWGA Scanner | September 25th, 2022
According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on September 5th, 2022, at 3:15 PM, Officer Penny checked out with K-9 Officer Baker Harbin in the lot of the Saga Inn, located on Martha Berry Highway. Officer Harbin had gotten an LPR (license plate reader) hit on the vehicle tag as it had passed him regarding a warrant. Once out with the vehicle, contact was made with a white female sitting in the driver’s seat, identified as Christina Ilene Barnes, 35, Rome. Officer Penny reported, “[I] did establish contact with the female and immediately noticed the condition of her eyes to resemble someone under the influence. Her eyelids were droopy, and her pupil seemed more dilated than they should for the amount of light that we were in. [I] asked for her to step out of the vehicle, and she did comply. [I] asked her if she had done anything due to the condition of her eyes, and she did admit to doing some weed approximately 45 minutes prior. [I] asked if there was any more in the vehicle, and she did admit to there being half of a blunt inside the vehicle.” During field sobriety tests, Barnes showed several signs of drug impairment and was placed under arrest for DUI. Barnes agreed to the state testing of her blood and was booked into Floyd County Jail. Barnes was charged with concealing the identity of the vehicle, driving with no insurance, warrant, and DUI drugs.