NWGA Scanner | July 12th, 2022
According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On Thursday June, 23rd, 2022, at 1:20 AM, TFC3 Apodaca was dispatched to a two-vehicle crash on Union Grove Road with multiple injuries. According to the report, Gordon Deputies on scene detained a man later identified as Juan Ramon Rodriguez, 31, Calhoun, due to a warrant. Deputies further stated Rodriguez was wandering around the scene and that he was very intoxicated. The warrant for Rodriguez was for two counts of simple battery. Rodriguez was identified by his Georgia identification card. Rodriguez stated he was the passenger of the white Dodge Charger, and his female friend was the actual driver. According to the report, “The female suspect stated to the deputies on body camera while she was in the ambulance that Rodriguez was the driver.” Trooper Apodaca reported, “While speaking to Mr. Rodriguez, [I] could smell a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his person and body. Mr. Rodriguez’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, and his speech was slurred. It was later determined that Mr. Rodriguez was, in fact, the driver by seat belt bruising on the left side of his chest that is consistent with wearing a seat belt while in the driver’s seat. [I] then asked Mr. Rodriguez how much he had to drink. He stated they went to El Nopal Mexican restaurant and had just one drink, a 16 Oz Modelo.” Rodriguez showed a BAC of .116 on a PBT. Rodriguez showed several signs of impairment during field sobriety testing and was placed under arrest for DUI.Rodriguez advised the trooper that his license was taken by Floyd County Police after refusing the state test for his blood during a DUI traffic stop. According to the report, “Mr. Rodriguez was read his Miranda rights and was questioned once again by Troop A SCRT. After verifying that he was the driver by the seat belt bruising that was more visible at this time, he was placed under arrest for driving under the influence. Mr. Rodriguez’s vehicle was placed on a 10-day hold from SCRT for further investigation. The vehicle was imaged, and it was determined that 5 seconds before impact it was traveling at 93 MPH. At time of impact, it was traveling 63 MPH.” Rodriguez was booked into the Gordon County Jail, and charged with probation violation, speeding, reckless driving, DUI, and failure to obey traffic control devices.