NWGA Scanner | June 20th, 2022
According to a Walker County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On June 4th, 2022, at 10:26 PM, Deputy Linder located a 2004 GMC Envoy at James Street and Indian Avenue in reference to a BOLO for a welfare check of the driver. Deputy Linder then made contact with driver Tammy Kay Murphy, 53, of Rossville. Deputy Linder reported, “While speaking to Tammy, [I] smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Tammy’s breath as she spoke to me. Tammy was slurring her words as well. Her eyes were bloodshot and glassy. The following is a summary of tammy’s statement that she had of a spontaneous utterance: “I know, I know, I should not be driving because I am suspended very many times and that I do not have any insurance. I only drove a few streets over to get more wine. I have been drinking all evening, just let me drive back, it is only a few streets that way.” According to the report, Tammy showed as having a suspended license for DUI. The vehicle registration also returned with no insurance, confirming Tammy’s statement about being suspended and having no insurance. When Tammy got out of the vehicle, she nearly fell over and had to use the vehicle to hold herself up. Deputy Linder stopped field sobriety tests before they even began for her safety. Tammy showed a BAC of .12 on a PBT. After being advised she was being placed under arrest for DUI, Tammy tried to get back in her vehicle. Deputy Linder reported, “While walking Tammy to my patrol car, Tammy kept stumbling and almost fell. [I] assisted Tammy by holding her up as we walked. As we got to my patrol car, Tammy asked me if she could finish drinking the wine she had just bought at the store. [I] advised her that she could not. She stated [I] was just being mean.” Tammy refused the state test and was booked into the Walker County Jail, charged with DUI-less safe, driving while knowing she was suspended, and having no insurance.