NWGA Scanner | October 25th, 2021

Unlicensed Missouri man charged with DUI after 911 call from concerned motorist on I-75 in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on October 7th, 2021 at approximately 11:56 PM, Deputy Witt responded to I-75 northbound exit 336 in reference to a lookout for a vehicle failing to maintain lane. Deputy Witt made contact with a silver in color, 2002 Toyota Celica with Missouri Registration. According to the report, “Deputy Witt followed the vehicle to observe driving and observed that it was failing to maintain its lane of travel as well as going back and forth between the right lane and center lane of the interstate. The vehicle then accelerated to approximately 95 mph. Deputy Witt initiated a traffic stop just before exit 341 where Deputy Peden and Tunnel Hill Police Cpl. Chambers were standing by. The vehicle came to a stop inside of Catoosa County.” The deputy made contact with the driver, who was later identified as Julio Neftali Perez-Cabrera, 27, St. Louis, Missouri. According to the report, “While speaking with Mr. Perez-Cabrera, Deputy Witt observed a large bottle of the alcoholic beverage Corona that was open. Deputy Witt asked Mr. Perez-Cabrera to step out of the vehicle. Mr. Perez-Cabrera had the distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath and had bloodshot eyes. Deputy Witt was unable to perform standardized field sobriety testing due to a severe language barrier. Deputy Witt had Mr. Perez-Cabrera blow into a breathalyzer in which he blew a BAC of 0.177 grams.” Perez-Cabrera was then placed under arrest for DUI driving under the influence of alcohol. Deputy Peden conducted a search of the vehicle incident to arrest and discovered an additional open bottle of Corona. Perez-Cabrera was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he agreed to submit a sample of his breath. According to the report, Perez-Cabrera showed a BAC of 0.159 grams on the state test. Perez-Cabrera was also found to not have a valid driver’s license. Perez-Cabrera was charged with DUI driving under the influence of alcohol, open container of alcohol, driving without a license, failure to maintain lane, headlight violation, and too fast for conditions.