Susan ‘Susie’ Michael was Eastbound on Forrest Glen Road and attempted to turn South on Military Road in front of Bethel Baptist Church. She cut her turn too sharp, sending her early 1990’s model Chevrolet S-10 pickup into the ditch across from Bethel Road. Witnesses to the wreck called 911 and CPD Officer Bo Pearson soon arrived on scene.
Michael was immediately argumentative with Pearson, and made it clear that she had no interest in cooperating with the officer. After speaking with Michael, Pearson instructed her to sit in her vehicle while he filled out paperwork on the accident. Meanwhile, he asked for Officer Rhonda Sanders to respond to the scene to assist with the driver. Pearson advised Michael that she would be required to take a breathalyzer test to determine if she was intoxicated.
While Pearson filled out his report, Michael decided that she had waited long enough. She exited her vehicle and started walking South on Military Road. After a few feet, she returned to her truck to retrieve her shoes before attempting to walk away again. Pearson quickly stopped her, asking where she thought she was going.
Michael’s response was, “I’m goin’ home. I don’t have time fer this!”
Pearson instructed Michaels to stay next to him until a portable breathalyzer could be brought to him. Michael huffed, but walked to where Pearson’s patrol car sat. She soon got bored and climbed atop a decorative brick column at the end of Forrest Glen Road. She sat swinging her feet for a few moments until she decided to jump down in an effort to avoid the Packet camera. Once on the ground, Michael tripped over her own feet, nearly faceplanting into a nearby truck.
Pearson, obviously tired of her antics, conducted a few simple field sobriety tests (which Michael failed consistently). Pearson moved to place the driver in handcuffs, but she twisted away from him, saying, “You cain’t do that! You haven’t even given me a breath test yet!” Though unhappy, her struggle was short lived and she was placed under arrest.
Officer Sanders arrived at the wreck and searched Michael before placing her in the back of Pearson’s car. Michael repeatedly demanded both officers’ names, telling them how much trouble they were in.
When her photo was taken for the Packet, she got very angry, saying, “You cain’t take mah piture! ‘At’s ‘allegal! Ahmma tale Daddy an ‘nem!’
Michael was transported to the LCADC where she was tested on the Intoxilyzer 9000, blowing nearly twice the legal limit of .08.
Michael contacted the Packet over the weekend, claiming that she was wrongfully arrested and that she suffered injuries to her face once at the jail. several calls were made to Ms. Michael, but she did not answer, nor did she return any calls.0