NWGA Scanner | March 3rd, 2021
According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, on February 19th, 2021, at around 12:12 AM, TFC3 Cochran was patrolling I-75 northbound in Gordon County when he observed a white Toyota Camry weaving and failing to maintain its lane near mile marker 308. When the trooper caught up with the Camry, it began to accelerate at a high rate of speed. The trooper checked the speed of the vehicle at 110 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour speed zone. The vehicle continued northbound and exited the interstate at exit 312. While traveling eastbound on SR 53, the right tires on the vehicle traveled over the fog line. The vehicle was observed by the trooper as weaving as it was partially in the right turn lane and partially in the right through lane. The trooper conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, which turned onto Public Safety Drive, and pulled into the parking lot of the Gordon County Public Works. The trooper contacted the driver, who was identified as Alejandro Fitz Salgado, 21, of Louisville, Kentucky. Salgado stated that he was headed back home from Applebee’s in Cartersville. Trooper Cochran reported, “As he began speaking, [I] detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. He was originally speaking as if he had a thick tongue or as if he had something under his tongue. [I] also noticed that his eyes were watery and bloodshot.” Salgado stated that he had not had anything to drink. When questioned bout why he was driving at 110 miles per hour and he stated that he wasn’t sure. The female that claimed the drink was hers, Kaden Elizabeth Floyd, later provided a breath sample for testing and tested negative for alcohol. Salgado was asked to provide a breath sample for testing and did so, testing positive for alcohol. After initially stating that he had not had anything to drink, he stated that he had consumed Moscato wine and that his last drink had been about four hours prior to driving. Salgado showed several clues of impairment during field sobriety testing and was placed under arrest for DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol. After being read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice for suspects age 21 or over, agreed to provide a blood test. Salgado was transported to the Gordon County Jail, where he was charged with failing to maintain a single lane, speeding, and DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol.