Kingston woman arrested after crashing into vehicle while DUI in Rome
According to a Rome Police Department incident report, on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020, at approximately 12:27 PM, Officer Brunson responded to Highway 411 at GA-1 Loop in reference to a vehicle crash. Floyd E911 Dispatch advised that one of the drivers was unconscious in the driver's seat with a baby in the back. Officer Sutton was first on scene and attempted to make contact with the unconscious driver, later identified as Emily Purdy, 27 of Kingston. Officer Sutton shoved on Purdy's shoulder several times, but she did not wake up. Officer Sutton conducted a sternum rub and was able to wake Purdy up. The officer asked Purdy if she knew where she was at to which she replied, Cedartown. Officer Brunson reported, "While speaking with Purdy [I] noticed that she was having a hard time keeping her eyes open and also had slurred and slow speech." The officer also stated Purdy also was having a difficult time sitting up straight and staying upright. Purdy asked if she could be honest and stated that she had taken Oxycodone prior to the driving and had struck the vehicle in front of her. While conducting a standardized field sobriety test, the officer noticed she had a difficult time her eyes open. Purdy would open and close her eyes very slowly and appeared to be falling asleep. Purdy was also swaying back and forth during the entire test. Purdy showed several clues of impairment during the tests. The officer stopped testing for the safety of Purdy due to being afraid she was going to fall. Purdy was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of drugs. Georgia Implied Consent was read and agreed to for a sample of blood. Purdy was transported to the Floyd County Jail where she was booked for DUI-drugs and following too close.