NWGA Scanner | October 25th, 2021

Rome man charged with DUI after vehicle found sitting in the middle of roadway in Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on October 16th, 2021, at around 12:49 AM, Officer Puckett was performing mobile patrol on Burnett Ferry Road near its intersection with Conn Street. Officer Puckett was traveling northeast behind Sgt. Wade when they observed a white color Dodge Charger sitting in the northeastern lane of travel with its hazard lights on. According to the report, As their patrol vehicles approached the Charger, they could hear tires screeching. Both Officer Puckett and Sgt. Wade activated their emergency lights and made contact with the occupants of the vehicle. Officer Puckett reported, “As [I] approached the passenger side of the vehicle [I] observed a liquid, which recognized as beer pouring from the bottom of the front passenger door. [I] had the passenger, Miguel Vasquez-Perez, exit the vehicle. As Miguel exited the vehicle, [I] observed an opened large can of beer in the passenger side door. The can appears to still be cold as I could see that the can had condensation on it. Once both occupants were outside of the vehicle, Sgt. Wade indicated to me that he believed the driver, Julio Cesear Vasquez, 20, of Rome, was impaired.” Officer Puckett could smell a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from Julio’s breath and person. He also observed Julio to be swaying while standing. During field sobriety testing, Julio showed several signs of impairment. Miguel was issued a citation for his open container violation. Julio was placed under arrest and transported to the Floyd County Jail, charged with open container violation, possession of a schedule I controlled substance, driving without a license, driving under the influence of alcohol.