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Man who refused sobriety test because he got arrested the last time he tested, gets arrested again

Yandrer Sanchez

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man who refused to take a sobriety test because last time he was tested he got arrested, was arrested again early Thursday morning.

In addition to DUI, 21-year-old Yandrer Sanchez was charged with possession of cocaine.

According to a police report, an officer was checking the area of 850 Sunset Drive at about 2:30 a.m. when he found Sanchez passed out in the driver’s seat of a van, wearing sunglasses.

After being woken by the officer’s rapping on the window Sanchez, with "glossy and extremely bloodshot" eyes, reportedly admitted to having drank seven or eight Modelo beers.

When asked if he would submit to Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, which includes such tasks as attempting to walk in a straight line and standing with one leg, the man refused.

“Sanchez stated that the last time he consented to SFST he got arrested for DUI, so he didn’t consent to it this time,” the officer wrote in his report.

When the officer began to arrest Sanchez, the man briefly resisted and tossed a small blue bag that was found to contain some cocaine, the report noted.

Though he refused the field sobriety testing, Sanchez did consent to a breath test, which the report indicates showed that the man’s blood alcohol concentration was at .133 percent, well over the legal limit for driving.

Sanchez was charged with DUI and cocaine possession, and also with possession of an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and driving while his license was suspended.

He was released from the county jail at about 9:40 p.m., upon posting bonds totaling $4,830.

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