NWGA Scanner | October 2nd, 2021

Summerville woman fights with Floyd County officer after leaving the scene of crash while DUI

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on September 23rd, 2021, at around 3:30 PM, while traveling northbound on GA-1, Dispatch advised of a BOLO vehicle that had been involved in a hit-and-run crash in Chattooga County. Floyd County Dispatch advised it was a Tan GMC Envoy that had the grill busted out of it. Officer McCormick observed a vehicle matching the BOLO description. Officer McCormick reported, “[I] observed that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and had come up behind a dump truck. The vehicle then quickly turned into 3956 Martha Berry Highway and then struck the building with the front of the vehicle prior to putting it into reverse then coming to a stop. While attempting to get my siren off and then get my seat belt untangled from my vest, [I] observed the driver’s door open and a white Female get out of the vehicle. Due to already being in a hit and run and then recklessly striking the side of the building. [I] unholstered my firearm and came out at a low ready and began giving her verbal commands to get back into the vehicle.” The female, later identified as Angela Bentley Koonce, 52, of Summerville, did not comply with commands. According to the report, When the officer attempted to arrest Koonce, she began to argue and actively resist and then attempted to pull away from the officer. She then grabbed the officer’s right wrist and began to squeeze it and to pull his arm. According to the report, she attempted to pull away again and began to fight the officer in an attempt to getaway. She continued to fight and argue with the officer spinning away from him. The officer assisted her to the ground, where she began to fight again, so he increased the pressure forcing her down flat onto her stomach. Koonce was then finally placed into handcuffs. Captain Hunton arrived on the scene and assisted. Koonce was found to be in possession of a pill container full of pills that were not meant to be inside of it as well as two other prescription bottles. Georgia State Patrol arrived on the scene to obtain further information needed to work the crash in Chattooga County, which she left. During field sobriety testing, Koonce showed several clues of impairment. Koonce was transported to the Floyd County Jail charged with DUI-driving under the influence of drugs, reckless driving, willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, and drugs not in the original container. She will be facing additional charges in Chattooga County.