NWGA Scanner | February 21st, 2021

Chatsworth man arrested on DUI child endangerment charges after three-vehicle crash in parking lot

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on January 13th, 2021, at approximately 6:25 PM, a deputy was dispatched to the Walmart located at 2545 E Walnut Avenue in reference to a three-vehicle crash that had occurred in the parking lot. The deputy explained to him that since the accident had occurred on private property, he would provide each of the three drivers with a self-reporting accident form. An issue arose with the insurance card that driver Jaime Felix-Hernandez, 38, of Chatsworth, was attempting to provide to the other two drivers. The deputy made contact with Felix who son translated due to a strong language barrier. While running information, the deputy discovered that Felix’s license had been suspended since 2010 for DUI. Felix stated that he knew that his license was suspended. The deputy detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on the breath of Felix. Felix began to shake nervously and provide reasons as to why he could not perform the testing when asked. The deputy observed the lack of smooth pursuit and distinct and sustained nystagmus at maximum deviation in both of Felix’s eyes. Felix showed several clues of impairment and was taken into custody for driving under the influence. The deputy discovered that Felix’s three children (all under the age of 14), as well as his wife, had all been in the vehicle. The deputy asked the wife, Felipe Morales, why she didn’t drive if she knew her husband had been drinking. She advised that she didn’t know how to drive. Felix was transported to the Whitfield County Jail. Felix showed a BrAC of 0.161. Felix was charged with driving while license suspended, DUI alcohol (.08g or more), and DUI child endangerment (3 counts).