Woman charged for DUI, drugs, hit-and-run

by Wes Mayer

A woman was arrested Saturday after being involved in a hit and run accident, failing a field sobriety test and possessing of marijuana.

Around 8:14 a.m., the victim of a traffic accident called Coweta 911 and said he was following the vehicle that just hit him. The victim later said that both vehicles were traveling east on Bullsboro Drive, and the other driver, Bonnie Latham, 24, had been swerving in her lane. As the victim attempted to pass her, she swerved and hit the side of his car.

Officer Chad Wallace with the Newnan Police Department responded to the call, and was able to pull over Latham at the intersection of Bullsboro Drive and Newnan Crossing with the help of the victim’s descriptions.

According to Wallace, as he approached Latham’s door, he smelled a strong odor of alcohol from inside her vehicle. When Wallace asked for her license and asked if she had been drinking (and informed she had just been involved in an accident), she replied that she did not have anything to drink since the night before and did not believe she hit anybody. According to Wallace, Latham was slow to respond to his questions, had bloodshot and droopy eyes and her speech was slurred.

Wallace then asked Latham to step out of the vehicle so he could perform some field sobriety tests. He began with the horizontal gaze nystagmus eye test, but Latham told Wallace that she had astigmatism and poor peripheral vision, and he told her to step to the passenger’s side of the vehicle for more tests.

Latham proceeded to fail the one leg stand test, the walk and turn test and Wallace’s alphabet test. Wallace asked her to start at the letter “D” and end at the letter “O,” but Latham said it would be hard without writing it down. She then began mouthing the letters without making any sound, Wallace said. When Wallace told her to say them out loud, she began with “ABC” and stopped at “O.”

Wallace then instructed Latham to blow into his alco-sensor, and it read her blood-alcohol level to be at 0.133. Wallace determined that Latham was driving under the influence of alcohol and placed her in handcuffs.

Latham was read her rights and the Georgia Implied consent and was searched for any illegal materials. Officer Donna Barnett performed the search and discovered a plastic bottle filled with suspected marijuana and a glass pipe in Latham’s bra.

When Wallace brought Latham to the Coweta County Jail, he tested her twice with the Intox 5000 breathalyzer machine. The tests concluded that her BAC was around 0.130 grams. Latham was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to maintain lane, leaving the scene of an accident and a misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

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