NWGA Scanner | June 30th, 2021

Unlicensed South Carolina man arrested for child endangerment after driving high with small child in Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on June 19th, 2021, at around 3:07 AM, Officer Puckett was actively patrolling on GA-1 south near Old Cedartown Road. Officer Puckett reported, “As [I] traveled south [I] observed a vehicle, later identified as a gray Mazda Mazda3, traveling north. [I] could see that the vehicle had a headlight that was not working on the front of the vehicle and appeared to be traveling at a slow rate of speed. [I] estimated the speed of the vehicle to be around 50mph, which is unusual for that section of GA-1 south as the speed limit is 60mph. [I] activated the radar unit in my patrol vehicle, which indicated that the vehicle was traveling at 50mph. [I] made a U-turn when safe to do so and proceeded northbound attempting to catch up to the vehicle.” When the officer caught up, he observed the vehicle failing to maintain a single-lane position. According to the report, “Several times the vehicle crossed both the fog line and centerline of the northbound lanes of travel.” Officer Boatfield was requested to start toward the area and assist. The officer conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, later identified as Andres Sanchez Natarin, 23, of Honea Path, South Carolina. Andres then opened the driver’s side door and began attempting to exit the vehicle. Officer Puckett reported, “[I] instructed him not to get back into the vehicle and to stand in front of my patrol vehicle.” Due to there being a language barrier Officer Ribot was requested to assist. According to the report, “Andres’ eyes appeared heavy. Andres also appeared at times to be swaying while standing still.” Officer found marijuana inside the vehicle during a search. Officer Ribot performed HGN on Address. Officer Puckett reported, “[I] observed a lack of convergence in both eyes, which is indicative of someone being under the influence of marijuana. During the evaluation, [I] also observed that Andres was unable to consistently follow the stimulus. His eyes would dart from point to point when the stimulus was not there. Andres also was continuously tilting his head back as the evaluation progressed.” Andres was placed under arrest for DUI. At Floyd Medical Center, Andres would not cooperate with the nurse and refused the state test. Andres was transported to the Floyd County Jail, charged with endangering a child by DUI, possession and use of drug-related objects, marijuana-possess less than 1 oz., driving under the influence of drugs, driving without a license, headlight requirement, and failure to maintain lane.