Edgar Zuniga

Zuniga, Edgar

Date of Booking:

Reason(s) For Booking:
Dui- Driving Under Influence Of Alcohol

Failure To Maintain Lane

No Insurance

Officer’s Narrative:
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On September 18, 2022, at approximately 0150 hours, I was dispatched to an accident on Threadmill Road near East Brookhaven Circle in Whitfield County. Upon my arrival, I observed a silver Nissan Altima in the ditch. I spoke to Officer Gilreath with Dalton City PD and she advised me the driver was in the back of her patrol car in cuffs. I walked to the back of the patrol car and noticed the driver was sleeping. I woke the driver up and instructed him to step out and come stand Infront of my patrol car.

On the short walk over, I noticed the driver stumbling and having trouble walking to the patrol car. I then read the driver his Miranda Rights at which time he agreed to speak with me. I asked the driver for his driver’s license which he stated he didn’t know where it was, but his name was Edgar Zuniga, and he was 19 years old. The Officer Gilreath informed me that she identified him based off the registered owner to the vehicle which belonged to Mr. Edgar Zuniga ([REDACTED BY AGENCY]/2001). This was later confirmed through troop A communications center where they sent me a picture of the subject.

I asked Mr. Zuniga where he was coming from tonight and he stated “Mexico”. I asked Mr. Zuniga the question once more where he answered, “it was actually my grandmother’s birthday”. I asked Mr. Zuniga if he crashed his vehicle and he stated, “actually I was just about to drive to my house honestly”. I then asked Mr. Zuniga what kind of car he drove, and he stated a “silver Nissan Altima”. I asked Mr. Zuniga where the car was, and he advised he wasn’t sure. I then informed Mr. Zuniga that it was in the ditch. He then stated, “that’s okay, we can just tow it out”.

While talking to Mr. Zuniga, I noticed that he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage and marijuana coming from his person and his breath. I also noticed Mr. Zuniga had bloodshot and watery eyes. The whole time Mr. Zuniga was talking I noticed his speech was very slow, slurred and withdrawn. I asked Mr. Zuniga if he had any alcohol to drink and he advised he had a Happydad, when asked what that was, he stated “a beer”. I then asked Mr. Zuniga if he had any marijuana that night and he advised yes, he had CBD and that he promoted it. When asked if it had THC in it, Mr. Zuniga advised yes and that he thought there was a vape pen in the car. The car was searched, but no vape pen was located.

I asked Mr. Zuniga if I could run him through Standardized Field Sobriety Tests to make sure he was okay to drive, and he stated, “yes”. I then questioned Mr. Zuniga about if he had any medical problems that would prevent him from performing some field sobriety evaluations. Mr. Zuniga advised that he did not.

I then explained the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test (HGN) to Mr. Zuniga, and I asked if he understood which he said he did. On Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) Mr. Zuniga presented lack of smooth pursuit, distinct and sustained nystagmus at maximum deviation and onset of nystagmus prior to 45 degrees. I was unable to perform any other Standardized Field Sobriety Tests due to the roadway being on a steep hill.

I then placed Mr. Zuniga under arrest for driving while under the influence of alcohol and suspected drugs. After placing him in my vehicle I read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice for subjects aged twenty-one or over for blood which he gave me a verbal “yes”. However, I realized Mr. Zuniga was 20. I then read the Georgia implied consent for subjects under the age of 21 where he again gave me a verbal “yes”.

Mr. Zuniga’s vehicle was towed by Carpenters wrecker service.

[End of Narrative]