NWGA Scanner | February 3rd, 2021

Teen found DUI with small child in vehicle after driving all over roadway, striking guardrail in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on January 29th, 2021, at approximately 11:57 PM, Whitfield County dispatch gave a BOLO in regards to a possible drunk driver all over the roadway. Dispatch informed Deputy Patrick that the offender’s vehicle was being followed by a concerned 911 caller who was on a motorcycle.. The deputy responded to the 336 exits and was informed that the vehicle did strike the guardrail while traveling northbound and would have damage to the vehicle. The deputy caught up to the vehicle and got a visual of the blue Ford passenger car at the 340-mile marker. The deputy observed the vehicle go from the middle lane of I-75 and swerve over to the fast lane, back to the middle lane, and then to the slow lane, all within a few seconds. The deputy activated her lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The vehicle slowed down a little but continued at approximately 40 mph and eventually came to a stop at mile marker 345 on-ramp. When the deputy arrived at the driver’s side of the vehicle, she could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver. The deputy asked the driver several times to turn off the vehicle, and the driver did not comply. The deputy took the keys to form the driver to avoid the driver fleeing the traffic stop. While the deputy asked the driver for his driver’s license, she noticed a small female Juvenile in the back passenger seat. The deputy also noticed a female passenger identified as Yolonda Simon Mendez, 26, of Chattanooga. The front passenger seat was identified as Fidencio Simon-Reynoso, 19, of Chattanooga. The driver handed the deputy his Consular ID Card along with his passport. The deputy asked the driver in Spanish if he spoke any English. The driver stated no. Due to a language barrier, another unit was requested. The deputy noticed damage to the left side of the vehicle. There were scratches and scrapes all down the side of the vehicle from where it had hit the guardrail and left. The driver was identified as Fermin Geovany Gonzalez Ramirez, 18, of Chattanooga. The deputy asked Fermin if he had a license in Spanish, and he said no. At that time, Tunnel Hill Officer Byrd arrived on the scene to assist. Another deputy arrived on the scene to translate. The deputy attempted to conduct standardized field sobriety, but Fermin would not follow instructions. When Fermin was asked if he had any alcoholic beverages to drink, he stated two beers. The deputy determined Fermin was under the influence of alcohol and placed him under arrest for DUI. Fermin’s mother stated that Fermin had three beers, but he is not a drinker and just couldn’t handle what he drank. The deputy was unable to perform a breath test at the jail due to Fermin not being corporative. Fermin was charged with DUI- driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving with no license, failure to maintain lane, duty to strike a fixed object, and DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol child endangerment.