NWGA Scanner | November 2nd, 2021
According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on October 16th, 2021, at around 12:54 AM, Deputy Garmany was running stationary radar on Highway 48 at Menlo Ballfields. According to the report, The deputy observed a 2007 Honda CR-V traveling eastbound towards the City of Summerville. The deputy noticed the vehicle didn’t have any functional tag lights on the vehicle. According to the report, The deputy got behind the Honda and noticed the vehicle was having a difficult time maintaining its lane of travel. Deputy Garmany reported, “After further observation of the vehicle [I] noticed the driver was on his cellular device. [I] continued to follow the vehicle for several miles, still failing to maintain his lane of travel and still on his cellphone as we approached the intersection of Highway 48 and Filter Plant Road where [I] initiated my emergency blue lights to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle.” The deputy made contact with the driver, later identified as Moises Mendoza-Sanchez, 34, of Atlanta. When the deputy asked for his driver’s license, Sanchez advised he didn’t have one. According to the report, Sanchez advised there was nothing illegal inside the vehicle or on his person. Sanchez then gave the deputy consent to search the vehicle. Deputy Chris Clark arrived on the scene to assist. During the consent search of the vehicle, the deputy ran Sanchez’s VISA Identification Card through Chattooga County 911. Sanchez returned with having no licenses with several Active Suspensions and multiple warrants for failure to appear for traffic offenses. Sanchez was placed under arrest for operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license. According to the report, During a search of Sanchez, he advised he had “ICE” in his pocket. Deputy Garmany reported, “Mr. Sanchez advised me that the pants he had on were his, but the “ICE” was his friends.” The deputy located the baggie that was filled with a crystal-like substance suspected to be methamphetamine. During a search of the vehicle, the deputy located a meth glass pipe. Deputy Clark transported Sanchez to the Chattooga County Jail charged with failure to maintain lane, Georgia hands-free law, driving with no valid license, possession of drug-related objects, and possession of methamphetamine.