NWGA Scanner | August 25th, 2021

South Carolina man found with fake Puerto Rico ID while DUI Gordon County

According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on August 17th, 2021, at approximately 9:52 PM, Deputy Mills was on patrol in the area of East Line Street and Highway 41. According to the report, “Deputy Mills observed a silver Toyota Avalon with an Alabama tag failing to maintain its lane. Deputy Mills observed a Silver Toyota Avalon failing to maintain it lane by crossing over the double yellow center lines on East Line Street at Rose Way. Deputy Mills observed the Silver Toyota cross the white line on the right side of the road and strike a curb causing sparks at East Line Street and Wexford Drive. Deputy Mills observed the Sliver Toyota Avalon cross the double yellow center line and nearly strike another vehicle head-on that was traveling west on East Line Street at Crestmont Drive.” According to the report, the deputy then attempted to initiate a traffic stop with the Avalon, which continued on for approximately 2,250 ft before stopping on Willowbrook Way. The deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Hector Guillermo Valdez Barrios, 31, of Taylors, South Carolina. According to the report, when Valdez was asked why he was driving the way he was, he stated he was on his phone for the GPS. According to the report, “Deputy Mills observed Mr. Valdez’s eyes to be glossy and slow-moving. Deputy Mills could smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle.” The deputy asked Valdez for a license or identification. Valdez handed the deputy a Puerto Rico license with a different name. According to the report, “Deputy Mills observed Mr. Valdez hide another ID under his crotch area.” The deputy asked for the ID, and Valdez began fumbling through his wallet. Valdez attempted to give the deputy a Visa debit card. The deputy finally pointed to the ID he was attempting to hide. Valdez handed him the ID, which was another ID from Guatemala with his actual name on it. Once Valdez was out of the vehicle, the deputy could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Valdez’s person. Deputy Baldwin asked Valdez to blow into a portable preliminary breath test which a BAC of 0.133. Valdez showed several clues of impairment during field sobriety tests and stated he had one 22 oz beer. Deputy Mills asked Valdez which ID was actually his due to the IDs having different names. According to the report, Valdez stated the Puerto Rico ID was false, and the Guatemala ID was him. Valdez was transported to the Gordon County Jail, where he showed a BAC of 0.169. Valdez was charged with failure to maintain lane, DUI alcohol, and forgery 1st degree.