NWGA Scanner | May 2nd, 2022
According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On April 18th, 2022, at 6:00 PM, TFC2 Daniel was advised a Gordon County Deputy was out with a BOLO vehicle at Sugar Valley Road and Guyton Road. The 2006 Nissan Altima displaying a Tennessee tag was called in for following too closely, impeding the flow of traffic and matched the description of a previous BOLO for a hit and run in Gordon County earlier this date. Trooper Daniel reported, “[I] noticed it had damage to the front of the vehicle that resembled the impact that a truck hitch would make. [I] identified the driver of the vehicle as Cynthia Lee Pope, 58, of Murfreesboro, TN. Mrs. Pope stated the deputy had her license. The deputy on the scene stated she did not have her license and never saw them. Cadet Haggard began speaking with Mrs. Pope and asked her if she knew where she was at. Mrs. Pope believed she was in Tennessee and stated that she had been driving since this morning and planned to drive all night long. She stated she was driving like “Dale Earnhardt,” channeling people and feeding off of their energy.” According to the report, ” Cadet Haggard noticed that Mrs. Pope was using a fence post to keep her balance and was not able to stay on topic. Cadet Haggard noticed Mrs. Pope’s pupils were very dilated and watery. Cadet Haggard noticed her speech was scattered, and Mrs. Pope could not stay concentrated. Mrs. Pope also had a prescription bottle with pills inside.” During field sobriety tests, Pope showed several signs of being intoxicated. Pope was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state test. Trooper Daniel reported, “When we arrived at the Gordon County Jail, Mrs. Pope was shouting profanities from inside the vehicle when she saw the intake deputies. However, when Mrs. Pope saw Cadet Haggard outside the vehicle, she stepped out and quickly went in his direction before she was re-directed by the intake deputies. During processing, Mrs. Pope was shouting profanities at the deputies and was visibly angry.” Pope was booked into the Gordon County Jail, charged with driving while unlicensed, DUI – drugs, following too closely, hit and run/leaving the scene of an accident, impending traffic flow, and reckless driving.