Woman charged with DUI after nearly hitting officer

by Wes Mayer

A Newnan woman received numerous charges after she almost collided with a Newnan Police officer Thursday evening.

Around 9:09 p.m., Officer Kevin Black was traveling down Hill Street when a woman in a black Lexus GS300 turned onto Hill Street and continued traveling in Black’s lane, nearly causing a head-on collision with Black’s patrol car. A collision was avoided, but Black turned around and pulled over the woman. Officer Chris Robinson was called to assist in the traffic stop, and after he arrived, the officers met with the driver, Vickie Nicole Snelling, 37.

According to Robinson, Snelling had a strong odor of alcohol coming from her breath, and when asked, Snelling said she consumed several beers that day. Two children were also found in the back seat, an 8-year-old boy who was unrestrained and a 3-year-old girl who was restrained. Snelling said the children were her niece and nephew, but refused to give officers their names.

Snelling was asked to step out of the vehicle for a field sobriety test. During the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, Snelling almost fell over, Robinson said. She also lost her balance during the one-leg stand and walk and turn tests, and when she blew into the alcosensor she had a blood alcohol content reading of .266.

After this, Snelling was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, two counts of endangering a child while driving under the influence, failure to maintain lane, driving on a suspended license and a child restraint violation, and she was transported to the Coweta County Jail. The children were turned over to a relative of Snelling, according to Robinson.



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