NWGA Scanner | March 3rd, 2022
According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Saturday, February 26th, 2022, at approximately 4:31 PM, Deputy Morse was patrolling the area of Spur 53 and Rome Road. According to the report, “While patrolling the area, Deputy Morse noticed a Gray in color passenger car traveling westbound on GA-53 (later identified as a 2010 Honda Accord, bearing an Ohio tag) come to a complete stop in the middle of Spur 53 intersection before continuing on at an extremely low rate of speed. Deputy Morse pulled into 973 Rome Rd (Delta Express Service Station) in an attempt to catch up to the vehicle. After getting back onto Rome Road. Deputy Morse located the vehicle (which was pulled over near Liberty Road). Deputy Morse observed the vehicle to have emergency hazard lights activated.” The deputy patrol vehicle made contact with Alexander Romeo Vasquez-Juarez, 26, of Maryland. While speaking with Vasquez-Juarez, the deputy reported Vasquez-Juarez’s eyes to be bloodshot and noticed what appeared to be an open container of alcohol in the cup holder next to Vasquez-Juarez. According to the report, “Deputy Morse asked Mr. Vasquez-Juarez for his driver’s license and insurance card. Mr. Vasquez-Juarez handed Deputy Morse a Guatemala Identification card.” When asked again for his drivers license Vasquez-Juarez stated he did not have one. The deputy asked Vasquez-Juarez to exit the vehicle, but he continued sitting in the driver’s seat. The deputy approached Vasquez-Juarez’s driver window, at which point he rolled the window down and continued sitting in the driver’s seat. Vasquez-Juarez exited the vehicle and was observed swaying and have difficulties walking straight. The deputy then could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Vasquez-Juarez’s breathe. According to the report, “Deputy Morse asked Mr. Vasquez-Juarez how many alcoholic beverages did he consume. Mr. Vasquez-Juarez looked down at his hands and started to count on his fingers before stating “3”.”CPD Officer F. Olmedo responded to the scene to assist with translating. During field sobriety testing, Vasquez-Juarez showed several signs of impairment and refused to due to the PBT. Vasquez-Juarez was placed under arrest for DUI. While conducting a search incident to arrest, Deputy Flippin located a (low quality, with smeared reddish/purple ink on the reverse side) North Carolina Identification Card Only bearing the name Wilfredo Pedrasa Melendez and a (low quality) Social Security Card bearing the same name. Gordon 911 advised that nothing was coming back for either number or name/date of birth. Deputy Morse seized the ID Card and Social Security Card as evidence. Vasquez-Juarez was transported to the Gordon County Jail, where he was charged with DUI, open container, not licensed, and forgery 1st degree.