A 22-year-old daycare employee was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with DUI after deputies found she'd crashed into a ditch on Salem Road near Smith Store.
When deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office arrived they reportedly saw Allysa Marie Johnson outside of her vehicle attempted to push it out of a ditch. When they asked Johnson what happened, she told them she was heading home and had misjudged where her turn was and ended up in the ditch.
She allegedly told deputies, "I live right down there. If you help me get the car out I can just go home. I'll be there in a just a minute." As she was speaking, deputies noticed Johnson was slurring her words. She also appeared to have trouble standing and walking and they could smell alcohol coming from her as she spoke to them. She reportedly admitting to having two shots of vodka, but said that had been "hours ago."
Johnson agreed to participate in field sobriety tests, according to reports, but had trouble getting out of the ditch and onto solid ground to start them. When she finally reached the patrol vehicle she allegedly leaned against the front bumper and began to nod off. When the deputies told her she needed to pay attention to their directions she looked at them, but then started to fall sideways.
When deputies attempted to get Johnson to perform the one leg stand she allegedly told them "I can't even do that when I'm sober," and although she tried, she was unable to lift her foot "for one second without loosing her balance."
Johnson was arrested and transported to the Newton County Detention Center where she blew a .078(the legal limit is .08 in Georgia), and was charged with DUI les safe, failure to maintain lane and issued a license suspension.