Unlicensed driver arrested for DUI and in possession of cocaine after being stopped in Catoosa County

According to Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Corporal Thomas was sitting stationary on Alabama Highway at Eastview Court when he saw a 2010 Dodge Ram pass him and noticed the driver’s side tail light was out. Corporal Thomas initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Victorino Rocha-Placencia, 40, of Tennessee. Corporal Thomas met Victorino at the window, but he would only roll his window down a few inches. Victorino advised his license was expired. According to the report, “CPL Thomas asked Victorino to roll his window down a little further because he was having a hard time understanding the offender over the sound of the diesel engine. Victorino rolled his window down a few more inches, and when he did, and CPL Thomas got closer, he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the cab. Victorino provided a Texas driver’s license that had expired in 2013. CPL Thomas asked Victorino if he’d had anything to drink tonight, and he said that he did have “a couple”.” During field sobriety tests, Victorino showed several signs of impairment and a BAC of .180 on a PBT. Victorino was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state test. Victorino was found in possession of cocaine and was transported to the Catoosa County Jail, charged with DUI, unlicensed, taillights, and possession of cocaine.

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