NWGA Scanner | September 6th, 2021

Tunnel Hill man charged with DUI after being found passed out drunk behind the wheel on Chatsworth Highway

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office, on August 30th, 2021, at about 6:24 p.m., Deputy Dillard and Deputy Gomez responded to the eastbound lane of traffic of Chatsworth Highway near Maddox Mill Road and Cedar Ridge Road regarding a reported single-vehicle crash. According to the report, “Deputies met with Whitfield County Fire Department personnel who were already on scene evaluating the situation. Information passed along was that the individual in the driver seat was found slump over the vehicle’s interior center console; when fire personnel was able to communicate with the driver, they noticed that the driver appeared very intoxicated and also observed were cans of Bud Light and a boxed package of 12 count – 16 oz. can Bud Light; there were no immediate medical concerns requiring attention.” The black 2021 Kia S5 was off the highway stopped on the grass in an oblique manner with no obvious evidence of a crash; the front end of the vehicle was pointing towards and nearly touching a hill slope. According to the report, “Deputy Gomez’s initial encounter with the driver, identified as Angel Reyes Alvarez, 29, of Tunnel Hill, he observed the driver’s facial expression which appeared to have a glazed over drowsy look, his eyes were slightly bloodshot and slow in movement, and detected the odor of alcoholic beverage. Deputy Gomez visually noticed Mr. Reyes Alvarez’s jean shorts were wet around the crotch area. Mr. Reyes Alvarez did have slurred speech as he communicated.” Reyes Alvarez advised he had not had any alcoholic beverages to drink and advised he was just door dashing. During the National Highway Traffic Safety Association of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Reyes Alvarez showed several clues of impairment and showed a BAC of .222 on an Alco-Sensor. Reyes Alvarez was then placed under arrest for DUI. Deputies located the driver seat area had six empty 16 oz cans of Bud Light, and the front passenger seat area had two empty 16 oz. Cans Bud Light along within the center console between the driver and passenger seat was approximately 32 oz. Tumbler cup containing Bud Light with a carton box of 12 counts 16 oz Bud Light near empty. Reyes Alvarez was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he sowed a BAC of 0.294.