NWGA Scanner | January 31st, 2022

Unlicensed Florida man arrested for DUI after 911 call from concerned citizen regarding vehicle all over I-75 in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on January 22nd, 2022, the Whitfield county 911 center received a call from a concerned citizen about a possible drunk driver traveling southbound on Interstate 75, approximately at the 337 marker. According to the report, “The caller said a black GMC Sierra was all over the roadway and almost struck another vehicle. Deputy Warren was stationary at the 328-mile marker. The caller continued following the vehicle giving updates to the 911 center. The caller stated the vehicle sped up to about 90 mph and was continuously all over the road. Deputy Warren saw the GMC followed by the caller with flashers on pass by. Deputy Warren caught up to the GMC Sierra and observed driving. Deputy Warren saw the vehicle fail to maintain the lane multiple times while driving in the right lane. Deputy Warren initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle.” Deputy Warren made contacted the driver, who stated he was sleepy. Deputy Warren observed the male having bloodshot eyes. The male advised the deputy he did not have a license and provided a Mexico ID card; the name was Julian Garcia-Vargas,33, of Water Haven, Florida. According to the report, “Deputy Warren leaned in and smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Mr. Garcia-Vargas’s breath. Deputy Warren told Mr. García-Vargas that he smelled alcoholic beverage and asked him again if he had been drinking. Mr. Garcia-Vargas admitted to drinking. Deputy Warren asked him what he had to drink, and he said a little bit, one beer about 30 minutes prior.” Garcia Vargas was then placed under arrest for DUI less-safe. Garcia-Vargas was transported to the Whitfield County Jail. According to the report, “At the jail, Lt. Gibson operated the Intoxilizer machine. Mr. Garcia-Vargas carried a conversation in English with Lt. Gibson. Lt. Gibson advised Mr. Garcia-Vargas that he didn’t have to do the test. Mr. Garcia-Vargas understood and voluntarily took the test. The results were .14 BrAC.” Garcia-Vargas was charged with failure to maintain lane, driving on no valid license, and DUI, alcohol .08 or more.