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Rome man causes crash while DUI, leaves the scene and then crashes into school bus


According to a Rome Police Department, On September 18, 2020, at around 6:57 AM, Officer Bowers responded to a hit-and-run vehicle crash called in by Officer Mills at the intersection of Turner McCall Blvd at Riverside Parkway. The officer advised that the vehicle at fault fled northbound on Riverside Parkway. Officer Mills continued northbound, looking for the suspect vehicle. According to the crash report, the suspect vehicle (2006 Toyota Tundra) slammed into the rear of another vehicle. The collision caused the front end of the second vehicle to strike the rear end of the third vehicle. While Officer Bowers was working the crash, officers responded to North Avenue at Tolbert Street for another crash involving a school bus and two pickup trucks. When they arrived on the scene, the at-fault vehicle matched the same description of the suspect vehicle from the previous hit and run crash. Officer Bowers went to the scene to view the other vehicle and the damage. Officer Bowers reported, "Through physical evidence left at the scene of the first wreck, testimonial evidence, and circumstantial evidence [I] determined the gray Toyota Tundra at the second wreck to be the same as the hit-and-run vehicle from the first wreck." While speaking with the driver, Andres Jimenez, 48 of Rome, Officer Bowers could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath and person. During the sobriety tests, Jimenez showed many clues of impairment. Jimenez also showed a positive value on the preliminary AlcoSensor test. Five alcoholic open containers were located on the floorboard Jimenez's truck. Jimenez was placed under arrest for DUI and read Georgia Implied Consent to which Jimenez agreed. While at the Rome Police Department, Jimenez produced a BAC of 0.157 one the Intox machine. Jimenez was transported to the Floyd County Jail charged with DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident, following too closely, suspended license, open container violation, and improper lane change.