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Woman Arrested After Driving Wrong Way on Highway 78

A Loganville woman drove from Monroe to Loganville on the wrong side of Highway 78. She was charged with DUI, reckless driving and fleeing/eluding police after confessing to drinking four beers, some wine and smoking fake marijuana.

Anyone headed to Monroe from Loganville on Highway 78 in the early morning hours of March 9 might have been surprised by a car headed straight for them. That car was driven by Kristin Vicki Taggart, 40, of 3277 Summit Glen Drive, Loganville.

According to a Report, dispatch advised all Loganville units that at about 3:20 a.m. Saturday a vehicle was was spotted headed west on Highway 78 in the eastbound lanes. The witness who called in the report drove parallel on the correct side of Highway 78 with his cell phone video running. Two of these were uploaded to Youtube and shared on Patch. Warning - contains offensive language.

An attempt to stop the vehicle at Broadnax Mill Road allegedly was not successful. The vehicle continued on the wrong side of Highway 78 all the way from Monroe to the Loganville city limits, allegedly almost colliding with several vehicles head on in the process. After a brief chase, the vehicle was eventually stopped in front of Loganville Ford and Taggart was arrested. Police reported that she appeared confused, her eyes were glassy and there was a smell of alcohol on her breath. She allegedly confessed to drinking about four beers, some wine and smoking K2 Spice (synthetic marijuana) before driving. She refused to take the breath test, however.

Taggart was charged with driving on the wrong side of the roadway, fleeing/attempting to elude police, reckless driving and driving under the influence (alcohol less safe). She was transported to the Walton County Detention Center and her vehicle was towed.

Sharon Swanepoel March 13, 2012 at 01:08 PM
If you watch the video carefully, you actually see a tractor trailer headed toward Monroe on the same side of the road that this driver is headed to Loganville. It could have been a major tragedy.
Gail Lane March 13, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Wow! Very glad no one was hurt! Best possible outcome for a dangerous situation!
Rona Gibbs Watts March 13, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Unbelieveable. So, so lucky no one was killed.
michele patterson March 13, 2012 at 03:13 PM
That is insane! I hope she recovers from what could've been then nd of her life, police offericers lives and many innocent drivers lives! If this isn't the lowest timein her life I don't know what could be for her! Just so sad that people can get so lost in their own addictions.
Sharon Swanepoel March 13, 2012 at 03:37 PM
You're right. This could have had a very different outcome for her or somebody else. Hopefully it proves to be the necessary wake up call to turn it around.
Floyd Akridge March 13, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I'm thinkin the same thing. Thank God this didn't turn out worse.
Sharon Swanepoel March 13, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Joshua, you should be able to just click on the picture and start the video. If you're having difficulty that way, click on the YouTube link in the right-hand corner and it should take you to YouTube to view it there. Hope this helps.
Tom Witts March 13, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Crazy!
Maja Peck March 14, 2012 at 03:14 AM
God loved everyboday tht night. hope and pray for a speedy recovery.
Tricia Elliott March 14, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Need a like button for several of these comments. Whew! That morning is a bitter-sweet memory for her ~ terrible and yet so much to be thankful for! Indeed, she could have lost her own life or the life of another. Thank God for protection!
Kristin April 28, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I thank my God everyday for the humililty I feel!! Not a day goes by I don`t think about the what if`s..... I am HUMBLED, humiliated, shamed and embarrassed by this, but mostly humbled! I am grateful to be here, I am grateful for the safety of others that night! One cannot judge another. For someone who hasn`t ever had a ticket of any kind, this is a huge wake up call to stop and understand a whole lot of ones self, circumstance ect. I am a Mother a Daughter a Sister a Wife a friend and a beautiful person inside! I thank my God everyday for that life and for the opportunity to be that better example! This Woman will NEVER have to learn in this way again! I thank those with concern and kind words!God Bless!!
Rona Gibbs Watts April 28, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Kristin, how brave you are to face your circumstances. I know many people prayed for you and those that were spared that night. I hope you are better now and can spread the word of your experience regarding your mistake. You are still here for a reason. God Bless you.
Sharon Swanepoel April 28, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Kristin, thank you so much for your comments. I echo what Rona said. Many said you had a guardian angel that night so somebody special knew that a mother, sister, wife friend and beautiful person needed a little help that night. I'm glad you got it.

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