According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On Wednesday, April 26th, 2023, at 11:22 AM, Deputy Carnes was dispatched to the area of Interstate 75 around mile marker 323 in Resaca in reference to a single-vehicle rollover crash. Deputy Carnes arrived on the scene and observed the vehicle overturned off the roadway with multiple juvenile children standing outside of the vehicle. Deputy Carnes observed the female driver, later identified as the driver, Kenya King Kwiara, 32, of Florida, sitting on the ground beside the car, throwing stuff out onto the ground. A witness stated he observed the KIA rear-end a tractor-trailer and then continue fleeing north on Interstate 75, leaving the scene of the crash. Deputy Giorgione was on the scene with the semi that had been struck. The witness said the KIA passed him at a high rate of speed with no lights working on the vehicle. The witness said that the driver of the KIA threw out a beer bottle and continued fleeing the scene. The witness said that he then witnessed the KIA leave the roadway and then overturn, crashing into the ditch. The witness said that he stopped and then rendered aid to the juveniles. According to the report, “Deputy Carnes could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Kenya when she spoke. Kenya said that she was driving to Wisconsin to return her children to their father because spring break was over for them. While Kenya was telling Deputy Carnes about her travels, he noticed that her speech was slurred and her eyes were bloodshot and watery. Deputy Carnes asked Kenya if she had anything to drink, and she said that she only had a wine cooler.” During Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Kenya showed several signs of impairment, and she agreed. Deputy Carnes did not ask Kenya to perform the one-leg stand due to her level of intoxication and feeling that Kenya would not be able to safely perform the test. Kenya was placed under arrest and refused state testing. Kenya was booked into the Gordon County Jail, charged with DUI, DUI child endangerment, and failure to maintain lane. Kenya’s, juvenile children were taken to Advent Health, where they were treated for their injuries. A deputy stood by with the juveniles until DFACs arrived and took custody of the children.
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