Unlicensed driver arrested for DUI after being stopped for headlight violation in Walker County

According to a Walker County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On Saturday, May 6th, 2023, at 10:44 PM, while on patrol, Deputy Manning observed a 2001 Mitsubishi Galant pull onto Wilson Road with only one working headlight. The vehicle abruptly turned right onto Mary Agnes Street, stopping in the middle of the street. Deputy Manning reported, “[I] activated my blue lights to initiate the traffic stop. As [I] pulled up behind the vehicle, the suspect started pulling forward to approximately the next driveway. [I] pulled behind him and started to exit my patrol unit. Before [I] could get out of the vehicle, the suspect again pulled forward to approximately the next house. As [I] pulled up behind the suspect again, he finally placed his vehicle in park. When [I] approached the driver’s side window, [I] could see the window was taped shut and unable to roll down. [I] looked at the driver and advised him to open the door and speak to me. He was very lethargic in his movements. As he opened the door, [I] detected the very distinct smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s area.” The driver, identified as Sergio Alberto Lucas-Ramirez, 45, of Rossville, gave the deputy his passport from Guatemala but did not provide a valid license. Deputy Manning asked him if he had a driver’s license, and he stated no and just pointed to the passport in his hand. Deputy Manning asked if he had drunk any “Cerveza” that evening, and he advised, “A little bit”. Sergio’s speech was slurred, and he was stammering as he spoke. His eyes were bloodshot and drooping. During field sobriety tests, Sergio showed several signs of impairment and refused the state test. Deputy Manning then discovered six Modello alcoholic beverages in the vehicle. Sergio was booked into the Walker County Jail, charged with driving while unlicensed, DUI, and headlight requirement.

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