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Fender-bender at CVS leads to DUI citation

COVINGTON — A minor fender-bender in a pharmacy drive-thru resulted in one woman being arrested on suspicion of DUI.

A Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputy was called out to the CVS pharmacy located on Ga. Highway 36 Tuesday evening around 7:20 p.m. when a Nissan Pathfinder ran into a Chrysler Town & Country in line in front of her.

“The driver of (the Nissan) thought that the second vehicle had moved up, but she had not,” said NCSO Sgt. Michael Cunningham.

After speaking with the driver of the Nissan, the deputy decided to contact Cpl. Jacob Rice, one of NCSO’s drug recognition experts.

“Her physical appearance led him to believe that she was under the influence of something,” Cunningham said.

Rice then conducted a series of field sobriety tests and was later taken to Newton Medical Center, where she underwent a blood and urine test, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Sabrina Petty, 55, of 70 Knollwood Place, was arrested and taken to the Newton County Detention Center. She received a citation for driving under the influence while the test results are pending, Cunningham said.