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Woman arrested for DUI after failing to stop for deputy
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Conyers resident Latoya Shonte Smith was arrested early Sunday morning by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while license suspended or revoked, open container and no proof of insurance, according to a sheriff's office report.

At 12:50 a.m. Sunday, officer Garrett Clifford responded to a hit and run dispatch call near the intersection of Flat Shoals and Salem roads. Clifford made contact with the car at the intersection of County Walk Way and Salem Road, activated his lights and attempted to initiate a stop, but Smith continued driving, turned left onto Hickory Bend and pulled into a parking lot before stopping. She then proceeded to honk the horn.

A man came out of the complex and said, "What's going on? That's my wife." Clifford instructed the man to go inside and proceeded to Smith's driver side door. When Clifford asked Smith why she hadn't stopped earlier she said she thought Clifford was her father. When Clifford asked if Smith's father had blue lights on her car, she said, "No."

Clifford asked Smith to get out of the car and when she did Clifford wrote that he immediately smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from Smith. Clifford asked her where she had come from and she eventually responded she had been to Daddy's Bar and Grill. When asked if she had been drinking, she said her father wasn't at the restaurant so she came home, but when asked again she said she had a shot.

Clifford then spoke to the victim Jason Gentles, Conyers, who said that as he was exiting Daddy's parking lot he saw Smith's Ford Explorer driving erratically. Gentles said Smith turned left in front of his vehicle, struck his driver's side as she straightened out of the turn and sped away. Gentles said he called 911 as he followed Smith in his vehicle.

When asked if she had hit a vehicle at Daddy's parking lot, Smith said "No, I went there to pick up my dad!" Clifford looked at both vehicles and noticed damage to Smith's front left bumper and black paint which matched the color of Gentles' vehicle.

Smith staggered while walking, was unable to follow some of the sobriety test directions and displayed signs of intoxication in each of the tests that Clifford performed, according to the report. She also breathed a 0.238 into the portable intoxlivyzer machine and Clifford found two open containers in the Explorer's cup holders. Smith was placed into custody and taken to Rockdale County Jail.