Females Arrested in Drunken Incident

LaGrange Police arrested a pair of women over the weekend after they allegedly wrecked their car in a drunken ride home from the bar.

Late Saturday night about 11:19 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to the Saint Peter’s Catholic Church in reference to a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot.

Officers arrived and spoke to the driver, Jessica Faye Desai, who admitted that she had been drinking at a bar in the Downtown Area and had just driven to the church parking lot.

Desai claimed to have only consumed two shots of liquor, but she had a strong odor of alcohol coming from her person and her eyes were bloodshot.

Police also noticed her vehicle had severe damage to the passenger side. Desai told police that she struck a dumpster somewhere after leaving the bar. She stated she may have struck the dumpster near the Checkers on Vernon Road, but it could have been elsewhere because she could not remember exactly where the collision occurred.

Officers checked the surrounding area, but were unable to locate the accident location.

Due to her admitted consumption of alcohol, officers asked Desai to take a sobriety test to determine if she was safe to drive and she consented to the test. As a result of the test, Desai was determined to be clearly impaired by alcohol.

Desai then agreed to submit to a portable breath test, but the police were unable to get any results due to her refusing to blow into the device as instructed. Desai was then placed under arrest. Desai later took a breath test at the jail, which showed she was well over the legal limit for alcohol with a final result of .171 BAC.

When Desai was taken into custody, her passenger, Deborah Ann Duke, began cursing at officers over the arrest.

Duke also appeared to be heavily intoxicated, so officers began to place her under arrest as well, but she resisted when officers tried take to her into custody. Eventually, Duke was taken into custody after officers were able to restrain her in two sets of handcuffs.

Officers later discovered a styrofoam cup with an alcoholic beverage on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The drink appeared to have been very recent due to it still having ice. Desai denied possession of the drink and claimed she had no idea how it got in the vehicle.

As a result, both subjects were transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office to be booked into the jail.

Desai, age 36, was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Open Container.

Duke, age 28, was charged with Public Drunkenness and Obstruction of Officers.

Desai and Duke were later released from the Troup County Jail on bond.