Dalton woman arrested for DUI after driving reckless in the Walmart parking lot

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On December 9th, 2022, at 4:35 PM, Officer Hill, along with Officer Cruz, responded to the Walmart located at 815 Shugart Road in reference to a reckless driver. The caller reported she was nearly struck by a red Ford Escape driven by a female and that she nearly struck several other vehicles in the parking lot. The caller followed the vehicle giving dispatch updates. The caller advised there was a truck attempting to keep the female from driving and appeared to be in a disturbance. Officer Hill arrived and located the 2010 Ford Escape parked next to a white Ford truck. Officer Hill reported, “As [I] approached the vehicle, the male told a female sitting in the driver seat that “The cops are here”. [I] then observed a female sitting in the driver’s seat of the red Escape. [I] began to speak to the female. However, prior to even speaking to her, [I] immediately noticed several things about her demeanor. [I] noticed that her eyes were bloodshot red, and [I] noticed that her pupils were dilated. [I] also noticed that she was slouching and having a hard time standing up once she stepped out of the red Escape. The female identified herself as Amanda Lynn Busby, 35, of Dalton. While speaking to her, Amanda’s speech was very slurred and slow. [I] had a difficult time understanding her and had to ask her to repeat herself numerous times. She then said that she could not drive and that her license was suspended. Amanda then claimed that she had not been driving. While speaking to Amanda, [I] detected the strong and distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath. [I] then asked Amanda if she was drunk or high. She stated that she was neither. Amanda then told me she had a couple of shots of vodka. Amanda continued to state that she wasn’t driving. Officer Cruz reported that her husband advised Amanda had been driving, as the caller stated. During field sobriety testing, Amanda showed several signs of impairment and a BrAC of .296 on a PBT. Officer Hill located two large open bottles of vodka from the Escape. Both had been partially emptied/consumed. Amanda was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where she showed a BAC of .211. She was charged with DUI, alcohol-open container, and reckless driving.

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