NWGA Scanner | October 25th, 2021

DUI driver wanted for cruelty to children gives false name to police at DUI checkpoint in Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on October 15th, 2021, at around 10:48 PM, Officer Dollar was conducting a DUI safety checkpoint at Burnett Ferry Road and Alto Park Softball Complex. Officer Dollar reported, “[I] observed the suspect vehicle, tan 2003 Honda Odyssey, traveling south on Burnett Ferry Road [I] used my flashlight to flag down the driver and attempted to have the driver stop at my location. The driver, later identified as Armando Mendoza, 32, of Rome, completely disobeyed my attempts at stopping him. Officer Ribot-Aviles and [I] had to yell out to get Armando’s attention. Armando was instructed to pull into the designated location for further investigation.” Officers immediately detected an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle when they approached. Officer Dollar did observe Armando’s eyes to be bloodshot and glossed over. Officer Dollar reported, “While giving Armando commands, [I] noticed that Armando was reacting slowly. Upon searching, Armando’s vehicle [I] did locate a cigar wrap crumpled up in the pocket of the driver-side door. When [I] picked the cigar wrap up, [I] did notice it was warm as if recently smoked. The cigar wrap contained a green, leafy substance suspected of being marijuana. Pfc. Ribot-Aviles advised me that while speaking Spanish with Armando, he was unable to tell Pfc. Ribot-Aviles his birthday. Pfc. Ribot-Aviles stated to me that Armando identified himself as Anthony Mendoza and that “Anthony” admitted to having alcoholic beverages prior to the stop.”
During field sobriety testing, Armando showed several signs of impairment and was placed under arrest for DUI. According to the report, Armando was read Armando Georgia’s Implied Consent Notice and refused to test. Armando then asked what he was being arrested for. Officer Dollar reported, “[I] informed Armando that he was being arrested for DUI. Armando denied being under the influence. [I] transported Armando to the Floyd County Jail.” While in booking, Armando was still stating his name as Anthony Mendoza. After further investigation, it was determined that his real name was Armando which returned with two felony warrants. One warrant was through Floyd County for felony cruelty to children, and the other warrant was a felony probation violation warrant through Gordon County. According to the report regarding the cruelty to children charge, Armando violently assaulted his 11-year-old son. Officer Sangphim asked Armando why he lied about his name, and he stated that he was just trying to get away. Armando was found to have an expired driver’s license as of 2010. Armando was advised that his license was now suspended for refusal of the state breath test. Armando was charged with battery, simple battery, cruelty to children in the 1st degree, possession of marijuana, driving without a license, DUI, and giving false information to police.