NWGA Scanner | November 20th, 2022

Chatsworth man arrested for DUI after leaving bar and being found passed out drunk behind the wheel

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On November 6th, 2022, at 6:36 AM, Deputy Robledo was in her patrol vehicle behind a Nissan Altima that was stopped at the red light on the North Bypass at the intersection of Fleming Street. Once the light turned green, the black Nissan remained at the light. According to the report, “Deputy Robledo got out of her patrol car to check on the driver, later identified as Abel Lopez, 21, of Chatsworth. The vehicle was in drive, and Lopez’s foot was on the brake. Lopez of the vehicle was passed out behind the wheel. Deputy Robledo attempted to wake up Lopez by banging on the window with her hand and flashing her flashlight in their face of the Lopez. Lopez did not wake up. Deputy Robledo attempted many times to wake up Lopez. Deputy Robledo attempted to open the door to wake up Lopez. The doors to the vehicle were locked. Deputy McClure arrived on the scene and also attempted to wake up Lopez. Deputy McClure parked his vehicle in front of the Nissan so it would not roll into traffic due to the vehicle being in drive, and Lopez passed out with his foot on the brake.” Deputies were able to get Lopez awake, and he advised he only had one Michelob Ultram and one mixed drink at Freyas before driving. During field sobriety tests, Lopez showed several signs of impairment and was placed under arrest for DUI. Lopez was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BAC of .145 on the state test. Lopez was charged with impeding the flow of traffic and DUI alcohol .08 or more.