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UPDATE: Whitfield County Magistrate Judge charged with DUI, resigns

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WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -

UPDATE: Whitfield County Magistrate Judge Kaye Cope has tendered her letter of resignation to the Chief Magistrate of the Whitfield County Magistrate Court, Haynes Townsend. The resignation is effective June 30, 2016.

Cope, 61, was charged with DUI and failure to maintain lane on Saturday. According to an incident report, Cope had been previously at the jail for first appearance hearings.

Cope is also known as Teresa Kaye Smith, according to arrest records.

Jail employees told investigators they had smelled alcohol on Cope's breath. After leaving the jail, she was pulled over on North Thornton Avenue for failing to maintain her lane. The deputy who stopped Cope was concerned she was going to crash.

The report states the deputy smelled alcohol on Cope's breath, her speech was slurred, and her eyes appeared to be bloodshot and glassy. Cope admitted to drinking "Seagrams" earlier in the day.

Cope agreed to a field sobriety test and the deputy stated she was unable to balance herself during that. When she was asked to recite the alphabet from the letters D to R, she became confused at the letter N. After reciting the letters in no particular order, a deputy arrested Cope for DUI.

She was booked into the Whitfield County jail. She posted bond of $2,140.

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