By DOUG NURSE
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
When showing up in court on a DUI charge, it’s best not to show up with alcohol on your breath.
Lauren Nicole Smith, 28, of Milton was ordered to Municipal Court Friday on a DUI charge. It seems that on Sept. 12, Milton police found her parked in the middle of the road at Ga. 9 and Bethany Bend Road, so drunk she couldn’t figure out how to open her car door. She had a blood-alcohol level of .34. The legal limit for driving is .08.
On Friday, her trouble started upon arrival at court. She showed up on time, 10 a.m., but during a routine check for weapons at the door, Bailiff George Gordon detected a whiff of alcohol, a definite no-no.
The law says you can’t take a plea from somebody who may be intoxicated. After a short conversation with Municipal Court Judge Barry Zimmerman, His Honor issued a bench warrant citing her on the spot for contempt of court. Milton police then took her to the Alpharetta city jail to serve a two-day sentence.
Her DUI case was continued to a court date in June.