According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On January 29th, 2023, at 4:18 AM, Deputy Ralston with the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division was notified about an intoxicated driver traveling south on Interstate 75 who had recently hit a guard rail in Whitfield County Georgia. According to the report, “Deputy Ralston was advised the vehicle, a 1997 blue in color Nissan KSX with Tennessee plate, was passing the mile marker 320 south on Interstate 75. Deputy Ralston was advised the vehicle had both tail lights broken; Deputy Ralston was standing by at mile marker 312 when the vehicle passed. Deputy Ralston observed the pickup truck with both tail lights broken traveling south.” Deputy Ralston then conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Alwin Estevez Ortega, 18, Chattanooga, TN. The deputy reported he immediately smelled a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from Alwin’s breath while he was speaking. Alwin advised he was heading to a roofing job. According to the report, “When Alwin was questioned about the alcoholic beverage emitting from his person he advised he had three beers before leaving his home. When questioned about him hitting the guard rail in Whitfield County, Georgia, he stated he dozed off, hit it, and kept driving.” Alwin showed a BAC of .119 on a PBT and showed several signs of impairment on Standard Field Sobriety tests. The tag on the vehicle returned stolen through Knox County, Tennessee. Alwin’s license also showed as being suspended for DUI. Alwin was booked into Gordon County Jail, Charged with DUI. Driving while license is suspended, tail lights, and bringing stolen property into the state. According to the reports, Alwin was arrested for DUI in Catoosa County in 2022 after a call of a suspicious vehicle.
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