NWGA Scanner | February 3rd, 2021

Rome man found DUI after nearly hitting Rome officer directing traffic at crash

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on Sunday, January 24th, 2021, at around 3:10 AM, Floyd County Police Officer Boatfield and Rome Police Officer Stallings was directing traffic at a serious DUI crash on Ga 101 at Shiflett Road. Officer Boatfield reported, “[I] observed PFC Stallings attempting to stop a vehicle, but the vehicle continued to drive into the path that he was standing in. The vehicle came to a stop very close to Pfc Stallings.” When she approached the vehicle to see what the issue was, she reported the driver of the white Jeep Renegade appeared very lethargic, and his eyes were very red. PFC Boatfield believed the driver of the vehicle to be impaired and summoned Officer Puckett to assist further with the DUI investigation. The driver, identified as Gelbert Antonio Vasquez Padilla, 32, of Rome, pulled his vehicle into a gravel lot so that he wasn’t in the way of traffic. Officer Puckett reported, “Immediately [I] observed that Gelbert had glossy, bloodshot eyes, and they appeared heavy or droopy. [I] asked Gelbert if he had been drinking alcohol, and he said that he had. [I] asked Gelbert how much he had been drinking. he said that he drank (1) beer approximately (2) hours prior.” Officer Puckett performed some field sobriety tests on Gelbert. Gelbert showed several clues of impairment and was determined to be under the influence of alcohol. Gelbert was placed under arrest for DUI. Gelbert was read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice and agreed to a blood draw. Gelbert was transported to the Floyd County Jail charged with DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to obey authorized person directing traffic.