Date of Booking:
Reason(s) For Booking:
DUI – 0.08G/ PER SE 21 OR OLDER
DUI – LESS SAFE
OBSTRUCTION OFFICER – MISD
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On May 5th, 2023, at approximately 01:40AM I was patrolling the Children’s Leadership Academy when I observed a Grey Jeep Wrangler traveling at a high rate of speed East on Hickory Road. I visually estimated the Jeep (GA Tag: [REDACTED]) to be going approximately 85 MPH on Hickory Road, which is a 40 MPH zone.
I immediately pulled out behind the vehicle and used my department issued radar (Stalker DSR X2) to confirm that the vehicle was doing 81 MPH. As I was catching up to the vehicle, I was able to lock its speed in at 78 MPH on my radar. I followed the vehicle on Hickory Road to the intersection at New Light Road. The vehicle took a sharp left turn, while barely slowing down, onto New Light Road.
At this time, I was close enough to the vehicle so I activated my emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle then turned right onto Alaina Road and pulled into the first driveway on the left. I approached the driver side door of the Jeep and made contact with the driver, Nancy Blackbourn.
I stated that I pulled her over for speeding and I could immediately tell that she seemed off. She was staring at her steering wheel and was slow to answer any questions I had for her. Nancy stated that she was coming from a friend’s house and she was headed home.
I asked for her license and without saying anything she opened her driver side door, got out of the vehicle, opened the backdoor, and grabbed her wallet from the floor mat. As she was standing there looking for her license, I noticed her swaying back and forth. I grabbed her license, told her to sit back in her car, and went back to my patrol vehicle to run her information.
As I was running her license and vehicle tag, I saw Nancy light a cigarette and begin smoking. From my knowledge, training, and experience, this is something I know to be typically done when intoxicated individuals are trying to mask the odor of alcoholic beverages. At this time I called Officer Staber for backup.
While waiting for my backup, Nancy’s GCIC returns came back that she had a previous DUI charge. When Officer Staber arrived, I went back to Nancy’s vehicle and began speaking with her again. I asked how much she had to drink to which she replied “nothing”.
I asked Nancy if she would be willing to take a field sobriety evaluation to determine if she was safe to continue driving, she refused. She stated that she did not need to do any evaluations because she was on private property and no longer needed to drive. I then asked if she lived at the residence she was parked in front of or if she knew the people who lived there, and she said no.
I told Nancy to step out of the vehicle, she refused. I told her a few more times to step out and yet she continued to be uncooperative. She stated that she “did not want to make the wrong decision”. Although she would not elaborate on what she thought was a right or wrong decision. We gave her one last chance to step out on her own, when she didn’t, Officer Staber and I stepped toward the driver door.
She then stepped out and we grabbed her wrists, putting them behind her back. Due to the obvious signs of impairment, I cuffed Nancy’s hands, checked for proper fit, and double locked them. I searched Nancy for any contraband before placing her in the backseat of my patrol vehicle #418. Nancy was properly secured using the seat belt. As I was seating Nancy in the backseat, I could smell a strong and clear odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her.
I read Nancy the green Georgia Implied Consent Notice for Suspects Age 21 and Over for the state administered test of her breath and she refused. I then read Nancy the green Georgia Implied Consent Notice for Suspects Age 21 and Over for the state administered test of her blood and she refused.
I transported Nancy from the arrest scene to the Holly Springs Police Department to obtain a search warrant for her blood. I had an officer standby with her at my patrol vehicle while I got the warrant (Docket # E010779 and Warrant # 23-SW-000443) from Magistrate Judge J. Sullenger.
When I served Nancy the warrant stating that she was to give blood by order of a judge, she still refused to give her blood. I then transported her from the police department to the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center. She was turned over to the custody of the Deputy Jailers without incident.
Nancy has been charged with the following:
40-6-391 DUI (Citation Number: 252000436)
40-6-391 (A)(1) DUI Less Safe
40-6-181 Speeding in Excess of Maximum Limits
A return on the search warrant was done at 3:29PM on 05/05/23. Arrest warrants were taken. Two warrants were taken for the separate charges. The obstruction charge will be labeled under the case number HSI23-4265A Warrant Numbers are as follows:
Arrest warrant for charges of DUI, DUI Less Safe, and Speeding (Warrant No. CE0134215)
Arrest Warrant for charge of Obstruction (Warrant No. CE0134218)
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