Chickamauga woman arrested on DUI child endangerment charges after speeding in Walker County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On December 23rd, 2022, at approximately 8:41 PM, Trooper Capehart was on patrol on GA-1 around GA-95 in Walker County. Trooper Capehart observed a 2021 Hyundai Palisade traveling 62 MPH in a posted 45 MPH zone. Trooper Capehart performed a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Karly Jo Marie Baker, 23, of Chickamauga. While talking with Baker, the trooper detected a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from her breath. Trooper Capehart reported, “[I] observed the driver’s eyes were bloodshot and watery. [I] asked the driver to exit the vehicle, and she did. While talking with the driver outside of the vehicle, [I] continued to detect an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from her breath. [I] asked the driver how much she had had to drink, and the driver advised nothing. The driver advised there was alcohol in the vehicle, and she still advised nothing to drink. [I] asked the driver to perform a field sobriety test, and she agreed. [I] asked the driver again if you hadn’t had anything to drink tonight, and now she advised she did earlier. The driver advised she had drunk about five margaritas.” During field sobriety tests, Baker showed several signs of impairment and a BAC of .127 on a PBT. Trooper Capehart placed Baker under arrest for DUI, and she agreed to the state blood test. While talking with Baker, the trooper observed her speech was very slurred. Trooper Capehart reported, “Inside the vehicle, there was a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old. During the blood draw, Baker advised Walker County Deputy Moss that a friend had given her two Xanax. Baker was transported to the Walker County Jail, charged with DUI, DUI child endangerment x2, open container violation, and speeding.

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