Tunnel Hill woman arrested after speeding and failing to maintain lane in Rossville

According to a Rossville Police Department incident report, On November 13th, 2022, at 11:26 PM, Sgt. Carter was traveling northbound on Chickamauga Avenue when he observed a 2007 Honda Accord traveling southbound at a high rate of speed. Sgt. Carter reported, “The vehicle was swerving in and out of other vehicles as it failed to maintain lane. When [I] safely turned around and continued behind, the vehicle [I] reached a speed of 53 MPH in a 40 MPH area. While behind the vehicle prior to initiating the traffic stop, [I] observed it maintain lane four separate times as it swerved in front of other vehicles. The vehicle would cross from the slow lane to the fast lane, and each time it would cross the center turning lane or the fog line, depending on which lane it was in. Sgt. Carter initiated the traffic stop in front of the Mapco at 815 Chickamauga Avenue. The vehicle continued tolling until they reached just south of the city at Lafayette Road and Lakeview Drive. As the officer approached the driver’s door, he could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. The driver, identified as Hailey Brianna Kirby, 20, of Tunnel Hill, stated she was just trying to get Tyler, her front-seat passenger, home. Sgt. Carter reported, “When [I] asked Hailey if she had been drinking, she said, no. At that time, [I] asked Hailey to step out of the vehicle. When Hailey got out of the vehicle, she was having trouble keeping her balance. During field sobriety tests, Hailey showed several signs of impairment and a BAC of .113 on a PBT. Hailey was then placed under arrest and charged with DUI. She was then read Georgia implied consent law for under-21-year-old divers asking for a state-administered breath test on the Intoxilyzer 9000 at the Rossville PD, and Hailey agreed. While taking to Tyler Sgt. Carter discovered two open and empty beer cans beside the passenger side door where he was sitting. Tyler said that Hailey told him to hide them there when she got pulled over so she wouldn’t get arrested. Sgt. Carter reported, “Hailey said that Tyler did buy the beer. Since [I] could not prove that Tyler purchased the alcohol, [I] did not arrest him. Tyler was advised to call a ride, and he complied. Hailey was then transported to the Rossville PD where [I] conducted the state-administered breath test on the Intoxilyzer 9000.” She showed BrAC.108. Hailey was transported to the Walker County Jail and booked on charges of speeding, DUI, failure to maintain a single lane, and open container violation.

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