According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On December 16th, 2022, at 10:15 PM, Trooper Ballard overheard Walker County 911 give out a BOLO for a possible intoxicated driver. Walker County 911 advised a Red Fiat passenger car bearing a Tennessee license plate was traveling southbound on State Route 1 in the area of Hogan Road and was all over the roadway. Trooper Ballard located the Red Fiat passenger car bearing a Tennessee license plate on Hogan Road at the intersection of State Route 1 and performed a traffic stop on the vehicle. Trooper Ballard made contact with the driver, identified as Brittany Cook, 27, of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Trooper Ballard reported, “While speaking to Ms. Cook, [I] observed her to have watery, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. [I] also smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath. [I] questioned her about drinking, and she stated she had only had one drink earlier. [I] then explained to her the reason I stopped her was that someone called 911, stating she was all over the roadway and possibly intoxicated. Ms. Cook stated she was holding her phone and looking at the GPS, and that was probably why she was swerving. [I] then asked her for proof of insurance on the vehicle, and she stated that she did not think the vehicle had insurance. [I] then observed an open Smirnoff alcoholic drink in the center cup holder and questioned her about it.” During standardized field sobriety tests, Cook showed several signs of impairment and a BAC of .176 on a PBT. Cook was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state test. Cook was then transported to the Walker County Jail and charged with DUI, hands-free, open container violation, and no insurance.
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