NWGA Scanner | July 10th, 2021
According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on June 29th, 2021, at around 1:45 PM, while patrolling in the area of Georgia 20 and Turner Bend Road, Captain Hunton observed two vehicles facing east that had stopped in the right turn lane and had their flashers on. Captain Hunton reported, “As [I] was turning around to check on them, dispatch advised that the witness had called and reported that the offender was passed out in their vehicle. [I] activated my emergency lights and pulled behind the two vehicles. [I] approached the witness who told me that he found the driver of the vehicle was passed out, and he could not get them to wake.” Captain Hunton approached the vehicle and saw a Hispanic male later identified as Rolando Pablo-Ramirez, 35, of Rome, sitting in the driver’s seat. According to the report, “he appeared to be asleep or unconscious sitting at the wheel.” Captain Hunton reported, “The vehicle was running, and his hand was on the gear shift. The vehicle was in the park at this time. There were no other occupants in the vehicle. [I] began tapping on the window in an effort to wake the driver. [I] was initially unable to wake him, [I] tried opening the door, however, it was locked.” The officer continued to knock loudly on the glass and evaluating a way to gain entry to the vehicle when Ramirez awoke. The officer indicated for Ramirez to roll down the window and speak with him. According to the report, “This took some time. He seemed to be having difficulty figuring out how to roll the window down. He was reaching out to the door. However, it appeared that he could not find the switch to activate the window.” Ramirez was eventually able to roll the window down and speak with Captain Hunton, who could see that the driver’s eyes were glassy and heavily lidded. Captain Hunton, “[I] could also detect the odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. There were two open containers of beer in the middle console that appeared to have condensation on them, indicating that they were still cold.” Captain Hunton was unable to communicate with Ramirez and asked him to step out of the vehicle. While walking back to the rear, Ramirez reached out to use his hand against the vehicle to maintain his balance. According to the report, Ramirez again showed difficulty in operating simple tasks. Captain Hunton reported, “[I] could see that it appeared that he had urinated on himself as the front of his pants were wet in a distinctive pattern. [I] continued to smell the odor of alcoholic beverages. All of these led me to suspect that the driver was under to influence of alcohol.” According to the report, When asked if he had a license, Ramirez stated that he did not. Ramirez was asked for his name and seemed to have difficulty recalling his own name. Captain Hunton eventually found an identification card that had been issued by the State of Georgia. The concerned motorist and witness stated that he had driven by traveling west and saw the vehicle stopped in the roadway. He stated that as he came back to check on the driver. According to the report, “He stated that he found the Ramirez passed out and could not wake him. He stated that he then called 911.” Captain Hunton asked Ramirez if he had been drinking, and he stated that he had two beers. Ramirez showed several clues of impairment during field sobriety testing. Captain Hunton then requested Ramirez to provide the sample on a portable Alcoholic-Sensor. Ramirez did provide a sample. However, he placed his tongue over the tube. The sample did register a positive result for alcohol. Ramirez was read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice and agreed to a blood test. Captain Hunton located two open containers of Coors Light, one was almost empty, and one was nearly full. Both were still cool and had condensation on them. Captain Hunton also located a twelve-pack of Coors Light in the passenger floorboard. There were only two unopened cans left, and both were still cold. Ramirez was transported to the Floyd County Jail charged with DUI-Driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while license suspended or revoked (misdemeanor), an open container violation. According to arrest records, Ramirez was arrested in 2020 for DUI and driving while unlicensed.