Drunk driver leaves car in ditch
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Just after 3 a.m. Saturday, a Bartow County Sheriff's Office deputy arrived on the scene of a Toyota Camry with no driver lodged in a ditch blocking the roadway.

While working the scene, the driver returned to the "borrowed" car. She said she had borrowed the car from her boyfriend to take a friend to the hospital.

She said she lost control of the vehicle and wrecked in the ditch. Unable to get the car out, she left the scene to tell the owner before returning.

The deputy reported smelling a strong odor of alcohol and noticed the driver was unsteady on her feet, slow to respond and slurred her speech. While waiting for a wrecker, the deputy performed a field sobriety test, which she did not pass. The driver, Tiffany Elaine Riseden, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and failure to maintain lane.

The owner of the car was contacted and advised the deputy that Riseden did not have permission to take his car. While being transported to the jail, Riseden passed out in the patrol car and had to be physically shaken awake when they arrived.

Officer verbally assaulted

An officer responding to a domestic dispute at Courtesy Inn located at 2335 Highway 411 got an earful of obscenities from a drunken guest shortly after midnight Friday. According to a Cartersville Police Department incident report, the reporting officer spoke with complainant/victim Charles Abercombie who stated that his girlfriend Jeannie Frances Smith, 49, of 1461 Doodle Hill Road, Townsend, was heavily intoxicated and had been fighting him.

The officer located Smith in the hallway inside the Inn. The report states that Smith was heavily intoxicated with a strong odor of alcohol coming from her persons.

"My boyfriend is a butthole and always call the cops," Smith told the officer.

The officer calmed Smith down and advised that she retrieve items from their room and find another place for the night. Smith told the officer she would stay with friends in room 330.

After mediating the problem, the officer left the residence but stood outside, soon he heard yelling coming from the room. Abercombie was yelling for Smith to get off of him. Upon the officer's entrance in the room, Abercombie advised him that Smith was hitting him and slinging him around by grabbing his jacket.

"Ms. Smith seemed very agitated and was cussing and yelling obscenities," the report states.

The officer then attempted to gain control of the situation by placing handcuffs on Smith.

Smith then pulled away and tried to resist arrest. The report list numerous name calling and obscenities towards the officer from Smith. The report states that, "She was transported to the Bartow County Jail where she continued to be irate and non-compliant with the deputies commands."

She was charged with simple battery and obstruction of officers.

Impaired pedestrian arrested at hospital

A Bartow County officer responded to a call in reference to pedestrian under the influence Thursday night at 7:53 at Cartersville Medical Center. Upon arrival the officer observed suspect Elizabeth Hightower walk away from the Emergency Room entrance and stumble into the parking lot. A CMC security guard stated that Hightower said she was visiting a patient, then said she wanted help. The guard said he escorted Hightower to the front entrance of the ER when she jumped off the golf cart they were riding on. He then said Hightower walked away before he called 911.

The officer stated in the report that he attempted to talk to the suspect but she was "severely intoxicated and unable to care for herself." Hightower was offered medical treatment but refused. She was placed under arrest and transported to the Bartow County Sheriff's Office.

Drunk motorist flags down cop

A man later arrested for driving under the influence flagged down the deputy that eventually arrested him.

Jacob Bartow Schneider was walking down Red Top Mountain Road early Saturday morning when he flagged down a Bartow County Sheriff's deputy. He told the deputy that he needed to catch a cab because he was too drunk to drive.

The deputy took the pedestrian to a nearby gas station where he could call a cab. On the way to the gas station, the deputy had seen a suspiciously parked motorcycle. When he went back to check the bike, it was obviously damaged and registered to Schneider.

The deputy then went back to the gas station and arrested Schneider for DUI after taking a breath sample.

Interstate wreck ties up traffic

An accident on Interstate 75 Friday evening tied up traffic lasting into rush hour.

A tractor-trailer carrying a load of potatoes traveling south on I-75 overturned involving two passenger vehicles in a wreck about 2:30 p.m., according to Georgia State Patrol. The tractor-trailer crossed the median with the cab entering the far left lane of northbound traffic.

Passengers of a Ford Explorer involved in the accident were entrapped until emergency units arrived. One individual involved in the wreck was transported to a hospital. Others complained of minor injuries but refused medical transport.