NWGA Scanner | February 14th, 2022
According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on February 7th, 2022 at 12:24 AM, Officer J. Wright and Officer Stanfield were performing stationary patrol in the area of Park Avenue and West 1st Street when Officer Stanfield observed a gold Tahoe pass their position traveling west on Park Avenue. Officer Stanfield reported, “[I] observed the vehicle pass us earlier in the day and then again while on a separate traffic stop. [I] observed the vehicle had no tag light illuminating his license plate, so [I] instructed Officer J. Wright to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle. As Officer J. Wright was approaching the vehicle, [I] did observe the vehicle swerve in the lane in an exaggerated manner. Once the vehicle stopped in the Park Avenue Baptist church, Officer J. Wright approached the vehicle with me close behind.” Officer J. Wright advised the driver, later identified as Romeo Orellana, 38, Lindale, the reason for the stop. According to the report, “It should be noted that during the approach to the vehicle, it was determined the vehicle did have lights; however, they were very dim and the cause for not being able to see the license plate illuminated.” While Officer J. Wright was giving Orellana’s information to 911 dispatch Officer Stanfield stayed at the driver’s window to speak with Orellana. Officer Stanfield reported, “During this time [I] noticed that Orellana’s eyes were very bloodshot, his speech was thick and lethargic, and his movements were slow. [I] asked Orellana if he had any alcoholic beverage to drink on, and he stated that he did have something to drink at approximately 5 or 6 a.m.. Orellana also stated that he had come from his cousin’s house on Wheeler Street. Due to how bloodshot Orellana’s eyes were and how thick his speech was, [I] asked Orellana if he would perform some tests to make sure he was safe to drive. Orellana did consent to the tests.” During the field sobriety tests, Orellana officers could also smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person. Orellana stated to the officer to take him to jail because he was “drunk”. Officer Stanfield reported, “[I] asked Orellana again if he would continue with the test and he stuck his hands out and stated, “take me to jail.” Due to the observations of the bloodshot eyes, the thick speech, and Orellana stated that he was drunk, [I] did decide to place Orellana under arrest for DUI.” Orellana consented to implied consent by saying “yes whatever you want.” Orellana was transported to the Floyd County Jail, where he was charged with DUI.