According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On January 8th, 2023, around 3:20 AM, Officer Johnson was patrolling w walnut ave traveling westbound, approaching the intersection of West Walnut Ave and Tibbs Road when he observed a Mazda facing eastbound stopped preparing to turn left. The vehicle did not have its headlights on. Officer Johnson reported, “The vehicle then turned left, and [I] turned behind it preparing to conduct a traffic stop when the vehicle crossed the outside lane line and almost hit the curb. [I] then conducted a traffic stop. When [I] contacted the driver, Arielle Belle Edge, 21, of Calhoun, [I] could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. [I] also noticed that Edge’s eyes were red and glassy. [I] explained to Edge that she did not have her lights on and that she almost went off the road, which is why [I] was stopping her. When Edge responded, [I] noticed that Edge’s speech was slurred. [I] then asked Edge how much she had been drinking this evening. Edge stated that she had not been drinking and that she was coming from a steak ‘n shake. The steak ‘n shake at the intersection of West Walnut Ave and Tibbs Road closes for business at midnight every day. Edge stumbled multiple times throughout the traffic stop. When Edge reached the rear of her vehicle, [I] again smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Edge’s breath.” During field sobriety testing, Edge showed several signs of impairment and a BAC of .100 on a PBT. Edge was then placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and agreed to take the state test. Edge was then transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where she showed a BA of .106 on the state test. Edge was charged with DUI/alcohol .08 gm, lighted headlights required, and failure to maintain lane.
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