Driver arrested during icy weather for DUI

by Wes Mayer

A woman was arrested Wednesday night when a Georgia State Patrol trooper, assisting stranded motorists, suspected her of drinking and driving.

Around 7:30 p.m., Trooper Kevin Leslie was driving eastbound on Highway 34 assisting drivers stuck on the icy roads when he noticed a van stuck upright in the grassy median. Leslie said he pulled over to check on the vehicle and noticed four people were still inside.

Leslie identified the driver as Su Dean Kang, 42 — there was also an adult in the passenger seat and two juveniles in the back. According to Leslie, when he spoke to Kang, he smelled a strong odor of alcohol on her breath. Kang said she had one beer before driving, wrecked her car and was waiting on her husband to come pick them up.

Leslie said he had to do what was required of him as a law enforcement officer, so he read Kang her implied consent and tested her on whether she was driving under the influence of alcohol. Because of the ice on the roadway, Leslie did not want Kang to perform a field sobriety test, so he had her blow into an alco-sensor — her blood alcohol content read 0.131.

Kang was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, two counts of driving under the influence child endangerment and failure to maintain lane, and she was transported to the Coweta County Jail. Leslie said Kang’s husband arrived on scene to transport the other occupants.

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