Date of Booking:
Reason(s) For Booking:
FAILURE TO MAINTAIN LANE
POSSESSION OF OPEN ALCOHOL CONTAINER
DUI – DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL
DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED OR REVOKED (MISDEMEANOR)
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On 10/31/2021, at approximately 2058 hours I observed a silver Land Rover (FL tag [REDACTED]) in a ditch on the westbound side of HWY 84E.
I activated my emergency equipment and began speaking with the group of people by the vehicle. The driver’s side door was open and I observed an open can of Modelo beer in the center console cup hold. The vehicle was also stuck in the mud in the ditch. While speaking with everyone on scene, the driver identified herself and told me her name was Adilene Vaca-Ortuno. I asked what happened and realized there was a severe language barrier. One of the citizens nearby translated for me. Ms. Vaca-Ortuno stated she was driving and attempted a u-turn and misjudged the lanes. While speaking with her, I could smell the overwhelming odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her person. I asked her if she consumed any alcoholic beverages and she stated 2 margaritas. I then asked if she would consent to field sobriety evaluations and she stated yes.
The first evaluation I conducted was the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus. Ms. Vaca-Ortuno’s pupils were of equal size and both eyes tracked equally on the stimulus (my finger). Ms. Vaca-Ortuno stated she did not wear glasses and could see the stimulus. Both eyes displayed lack of smooth pursuit and distinct and sustained Nystagmus at maximum deviation, and slight Nystagmus onset prior to 45 degrees. Ms. Vaca-Ortuno seemed to have a hard time holding her eyes at maximum deviation. She would also sway back and forth while conducting this evaluation and her head would turn. With these clues I chose to continue evaluations. (6 out of 6 clues)
The second evaluation was the walk and turn. Ms. Vaca-Ortuno stated she had a no previous injuries that would preclude her from completing the evaluation. Ms. Vaca-Ortuno was given verbal instructions and also given a demonstration. She gave a verbal “yes” stating she understood the directions. During the evaluation I observed Ms. Vaca-Ortuno Start too soon, unable to keep her balance during instructions, step of the line, use her arms for balance, conduct an improper turn, take the incorrect number of steps, and missed several heel to toe steps. Ms. Vaca-Ortuno did not count her steps out loud as she was instructed to do so.(2 instructional clues, 5 walking clues. 7 total clues)
The third evaluation was the one leg stand. Ms. Vaca-Ortuno was given verbal instructions and also given a demonstration. She gave a verbal “yes” stating she understood the instructions. During this evaluation, I observed Ms. Vaca-Ortuno sway when balancing, put her foot down, and use her arms for balance. (3 total clues)
I requested Ms. Vaca-Ortuno and she refused to provide a breath sample in my Portable Breath Tester. I then read Implied Consent for persons over 21 to Ms. Vaca-Ortuno. She agreed to provide a blood sample. At this time, Ms. Vaca-Ortuno was searched, handcuffed, double-locked, checked for fit and placed into my patrol vehicle.
Next list tow was requested and Liberty Towing was en route. Deputy Abbgy stayed and awaited the tow truck.
I transported Ms. Vaca-Ortuno to Liberty Regional Medical Center. I was informed by the staff there was nobody available to complete the blood draw. I then contacted Hinesville police department and asked if someone could perform an Intox test. CPL Williams stated he was able to assist. I re-read Implied Consent to Ms. Vaca-Ortuno and requested a breath sample. She agreed. I transported Ms. Vaca-Ortuno to Hinesville police department where the breath test was completed. The first result was a .175 BAC. The second test resulted in a .163 BAC. I then transported Ms. Vaca-Ortuno to Liberty County Jail and released her to the booking officers.
Prior to leaving the jail, I informed Ms. Vaca-Ortuno she was being cited for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol lst offense, Open container violation, Driving while license suspended, and Failure to maintain lane. She was given a court date of January 11, 2022.
Prior to beginning of shift I searched the rear of my patrol vehicle with no contraband being found Prior to leaving the jail my vehicle was again searched with no contraband being found.