Unlicensed DUI driver arrested after backing into motorcycle and attempting to flee Floyd County officer

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, On March 17th, 2023, at 11:47 PM, Officer Vicente was flagged down by a civilian at Taco Bell located at 2220 Shorter Ave. The civilian advised that a Grey sedan backed into a motorcycle in the drive-thru of the Taco Bell and is now trying to flee the scene. Officer Vicente then made contact with the driver, identified as Ceferino Abimael Peruch-Vicente, 27, of Rome. Officer Vicente reported, “[I] asked him for his driver’s license and asked him what was going on and asked why he was trying to leave after he hit the motorcyclist behind him. During the interaction with Mr. Vicente, he avoided eye contact and stated that nothing had happened. At that time, [I] smelled the scent of alcohol coming from the vehicle, and [I] gave Mr. Vicente a verbal command to turn the vehicle off and to hand me his license. Mr. Vicente proceeded to put the vehicle in drive, and [I] advised Mr. Vicente that [I] ordered him to turn the vehicle off and not to put it in the drive. As Mr. Vicente put the vehicle in drive, [I] began to take steps back, and he began to drive off.” Officer Vicente pursued the vehicle through the Taco Bell drive-thru into a parking spot. Officer Puckett reported, “[I] was able to detect an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Vicente’s breath and person. [I] also noticed that Vicente had bloodshot and watery eyes. Vicente also seemed to be lethargic and slow when moving. During field sobriety tests done by Officer Puckett, Vicente showed several signs of impairment. During a search of the vehicle, officers located 23 Corona bottle caps, two Michelob ultra bottle caps, and nine empty Corona bottles that still had some remaining liquid located in the vehicle. Vicente agreed to the state test and was booked into the Floyd County Jail, charged with driving while unlicensed, fleeing police, DUI, and open container violation.

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