Aldre Cobon-Gomez

Name:
Cobon-Gomez, Aldre Yobani

Date of Booking:
05/28/2022

Reason(s) For Booking:
Possess Methamphetamine

Dui- Driving Under Influence Of Alcohol

Open Container Violation

Failure To Maintain Lane

Improper Right / Left Turn

Driving Without A Valid License, Misd

Officer’s Narrative:
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On this date, 05/28/2022, I was traveling south on Glenwood Ave towards the intersection with E Morris St. As I was continuing south bound, a white pickup truck traveling north bound crossed over the center yellow lines into my lane.

I turned my patrol vehicle around to follow the vehicle. I activated my camera as I attempted to catch up to the vehicle. The vehicle appeared to have sped up as it was quickly gaining distance from me. I could see that the vehicle was failing to maintain its lane of travel from a distance. The vehicle was driving in between the left lane and the yellow double lines in the roadway as it approached the intersection of Glenwood Ave & Waugh St.

The vehicle then positioned itself in the left hand turning lane. The driver sat in the turning lane for approximately 6 to 7 seconds after the light turned green. The driver makes a slow and wide left turn. The vehicle drives straight up to the point it is perpendicular with the right hand lane on Waugh St. The driver then jerked the wheel as he is turning and positioned the vehicle in the right hand lane. The driver did not ever establish itself in the left lane after turning left and merged directly into the right hand lane.

I then followed the vehicle over the Waugh St Bridge and observed the vehicle fail to maintain its lane of travel by crossing over from the right lane to the left lane. I initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of Waugh St & Selvidge St. I requested another unit come to my location as I believed the driver was highly intoxicated. The vehicle (Tn tag #[REDACTED]) came to a stop in the parking lot of City Hall.

I approached the driver, later identified as Aldre Coban Gomez, and explained the reason for the traffic stop. The driver appeared highly intoxicated as I spoke to him. His head and body were swaying back and forth. His eyes were droopy, red, glassy, and almost closed. I could smell the strong and distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. I also observed a “Corona” beer bottle in the center console.

I attempted to speak with Aldre, but he stated he did not speak English. He appeared to be trying to call someone on his phone. I then told him to exit the vehicle in Spanish and to put the phone down. He would not put his phone down when he stood up, so I placed it back in his truck. He was swaying and slightly stumbling as he exited his truck. Aldre appeared as if he might fall over when he stood by his truck.

I walked with Aldre to the back of his truck and told him to sit on the bumper. I asked Aldre how many beers he had consumed and he stated five. During my entire interaction with Aldre, I continued to smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath when he spoke. I did not attempt field sobriety due to the language barrier. I also believe that it would have been unsafe for Aldre to attempt to perform field sobriety due to his level of intoxication.

Officer Selby and Sgt. Parker had arrived on scene shortly after this.

I took Aldre into custody without incident. I searched him incident to arrest in front of my patrol car camera. I located his wallet in his back pants pocket.

The wallet contained a folded dollar bill in one of the inner compartments. I removed the dollar bill and believed that there were illegal drugs within it based on the way it was folded. It was folded as if it were keeping something from falling out of it. I felt the dollar and could immediately feel a loose substance within in.

I placed Aldre in the back seat of my patrol car and secured him with a seat belt. Aldre advised he is a citizen of Guatemala. I unfolded the dollar bill in front of my camera and observed a white crystal-like substance within. This crystal-like substance field tested positive for methamphetamine on scene in front of my camera.

The list wrecker (Elite Towing) was called to the scene to retrieve the vehicle. An inventory search of the vehicle was completed. Two mostly empty bottles of Corona were found in the center console. Both bottles were dumped out in front of my camera.

While still on scene, it was discovered that Aldre did not have a valid driver’s license and is currently unlicensed. I then read Aldre implied consent from my department issued implied consent card. Aldre refused to take the state chemical breath test.

I then transported Aldre to the WCSO and placed him in the care of the booking staff. I attempted to have Aldre sign a consular notification to the Guatemalan consular office and the administrative license suspension forms, but he refused to sign. This was documented on both forms and were placed in the records division box at the police department.

I charged Aldre on warrantless arrest #65748 for the following charges:

16-13-30(a), Possession of methamphetamine (f)
40-6-391A1, DUI – less safe
40-6-48, Failure to maintain lane
40-5-20, Driving while unlicensed (no license)
40-6-120, Improper left turn
40-6-253, Open container

The dollar bill with suspected meth weighed 1.1 gg and was placed into property and evidence at the police department. I completed a GBI crime lab submission form for drug analysis of this substance.

A booking card was created for this incident.