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Ga. deputy retires a day after DUI arrest

BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. -- A 23-year veteran of the Bartow County Sheriff's Office retired a day after being arrested for driving under the influence.

A Cartersville police officer arrested Bartow County Sheriff's Deputy Brandy Denise Kottemann on March 6 and cited her for driving under the influence of alcohol, failing to maintain lane and driving on roadways for traffic.

According to a police report, an off-duty Marietta officer called 911 after reportedly telling Kottemann that she shouldn't drive while they were at a Steakhouse. That officer then followed her out of the parking lot of a Steakhouse.

The Cartersville police officer observed her swerve onto the shoulder and take a too-wide turn before pulling her over. The report reads, "Mrs. Kottemann already had her wallet in her hands, and was looking at me with a droopy heavy-lidded eyes, breathing hard. I detected a slight odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the interior of Mrs. Kottemann's vehicle."

The officer said Kottemann repeatedly said she was a Deputy Sheriff.

When asked how much she had to drink Kottemann reportedly said, "I've had a lot."

In a release from the Bartow County Sheriff's office, Kottemann was assigned to the Court Security Division and retired after 23 years of service.

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