NWGA Scanner | August 27th, 2022

Tunnel Hill woman arrested for DUI after 911 call from concerned citizen in Dalton

According to the Dalton Police Department report, On August 16th, 2022, at 11:19 PM, Officer Cruz responded to the area of North Bypass and Chattanooga Road regarding BOLO of two vehicles being all over the roadway. Officer Cook and Officer O’Neal were able to locate the vehicles and initiated a traffic stop on Olympic Avenue and Waugh Street. Officer Cook advised he observed the female driver, identified as Tammy Moss Elliot, 59, of Tunnel Hill, fail to maintain her lane and was all over the roadway. According to the report, “She stated she was laying down in bed when the driver of the other vehicle called her and asked her to come to get him at the Food Lion in Rocky Face. The driver of the other vehicle had trouble remembering how to get back to his place.” Officer Cruz reported, “While speaking with Tammy [I] noticed her speech was extremely slurred, and she was speaking slow. [I] also observed she was having trouble keeping her eyes open. When [I] asked Tammy to exit her vehicle, she had trouble keeping her balance, and used the car to assist her in standing up. [I] asked Tammy if she had anything to drink or had taken any medication. She admitted to taking one and a half tablets of trazodone. Each tablet is 50 grams, so she took approximately 75 grams of trazodone. She also admitted to taking half a tablet of Ambien. Tammy advised this is the amount she takes to help her sleep, and she thought she would be ok to drive.” During field sobriety tests, Tammy showed several signs of drug impairment and was placed under arrest for DUI drugs. Tammy showed a BAC of .00 on a PBT. Tammy refused the state test and was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with DUI- drugs less safe and failure to maintain lane. The concerned citizen stated that he observed Tammy almost hit a retaining wall at Food Loin and had to put the car in reverse. He stated Tammy then blew through a stop sign at a high rate of speed. While following Tammy, he stated Tammy then ran the red light at Chattanooga Road and Tibbs Road while driving recklessly. He stated Tammy also blew a four-way stop sign by the hospital and was worried she would kill someone.