NWGA Scanner | April 28th, 2021

Rome woman found DUI after speeding on the wrong side of Highway 27 in Chattooga County

According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office report, on Sunday, April 18th, 2021, at or around 4:59 AM, Cpl. Corey Fielding was sitting stationary on Highway 27 near Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Road, running RADAR. Cpl. Fielding reported, “While sitting stationary in the area [I] did observe two vehicles traveling northbound towards the City of Summerville. While tracking the vehicle’s speeds, [I] was able to check the first vehicle at 80 MPH in a 55MPH speed limit zone, the second vehicle’s speed was checked at 74 MPH in a 55 MPH speed limit zone.” While traveling behind the speeding vehicle, the second vehicle directly behind the deputy’s patrol vehicle began traveling northbound in the southbound lane. Cpl. Fielding reported, “[I] then observed the vehicle pass my patrol vehicle in the complete opposite lane of travel, upon observing the vehicle it continued in the opposite lane of travel until we reached the bridge crossing on Highway 27 at Wildlife Lake Road, at this point [I] activated my emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle. While attempting a traffic stop on the vehicle it continued to travel in the southbound lane, nearly striking a vehicle head-on. The vehicle traveling towards the suspect vehicle was able to turn off onto Edmondson Street to avoid a collision.” The deputy was able to get the vehicle stopped on East Washington Street just off of Rome Boulevard, the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe with a Georgia temporary tag stopped. The deputy made contact with the driver Holly Yun Jung Brown, 32, of Rome, and advised her of the reason for the traffic stop. While speaking with the driver, the deputy reported the strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Cpl. Fielding reported, “the driver’s eyes also appeared to be “heavy”, and her mannerisms were slow and sluggish.” While searching the vehicle, the deputy located an orange in color round pill later identified as “Amphetamine/Dextroamphetamine”, upon further search of the vehicle, a small clear plastic bag containing a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana was located near the center console as well as a marijuana grinder. The deputy located in a purse two prescription pill bottles, one for 0.5MG Alprazolam and the other for 20MG Amphetamine tablets, both prescribed to Brown. Deputy Chris Clark conducted Standardized Field Sobriety on Brown and determined she was driving while impaired. Brown did admit to consuming a total of two 0.5MG Xanax as well as smoking a marijuana joint prior to operating her motor vehicle. Cpl. Fielding reported, “[I] did observe large clumps of grass hanging from the rear axle of the vehicle, [I] also observed what appeared to be grass seeds and other roadside debris on the front bumper of the vehicle indicating she had driven off the side of the roadway at one point in time.” Brown agreed to the Georgia Implied Consent Notice for the state-administered chemical test of her blood. Brown was booked into the Chattooga County Jail charged with reckless driving, failure to maintain a single lane, speeding, and DUI-marijuana or controlled substance.