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Cops: Gwinnett firefighter DUI with kids in car

Alfonso Mendoza

Alfonso Mendoza

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Gwinnett County firefighter was arrested this week for allegedly driving under the influence with two young children in the car.

Alfonso Ulises Mendoza, 46, was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with DUI, two counts of DUI-child endangerment and speeding. Jail records show he was released on about $5,000 bond roughly five hours after being detained.

Gwinnett County fire department officials confirmed that Mendoza is a firefighter.

According to an incident report from the Duluth Police Department, Mendoza's 2006 Honda Accord was pulled over at about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Hill Road near May Road. The reporting officer allegedly clocked the vehicle at 62 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour speed zone.

"I immediately observed the Mr. Mendoza's eyes were bloodshot and watery," the officer wrote, "that there was a very strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the interior of the vehicle and that Mr. Mendoza's speech was slurred. When I walked up to the window Mr. Mendoza had his wallet open with a Gwinnett County government employee ID card showing."

Mendoza reportedly told the police officer that he was coming from his brother's wedding and had consumed "maybe two glasses of wine." He was asked to perform several field sobriety tests.

The arresting officer reported, among other violations, a "visible front to rear sway" in Mendoza's gait.

"I asked Mr. Mendoza if he would be willing to provide a sample of his breath for my portable breath test," the officer wrote, "and he turned around, placed his hands behind his back and stated, 'Just go ahead and arrest me.'"

The car driven by the firefighter also contained his two daughters, ages 5 and 10, and an unidentified sober individual, who reportedly drove the vehicle home.

Fire department officials released a statement to the Daily Post.

"The department was made aware (Thursday) morning of the charges brought against Firefighter Alfonso Mendoza," the unsigned statement said. "We are currently investigating the situation and will take appropriate action."

Comments

NewsReader 1 year, 7 months ago

Of all the people in the world that should know better, it's Mr. Mendoza. I've seen enough tragedy at the hands of drunk drivers to last a lifetime. And to make matters worse, there was a sober passenger in the car able to drive the car home? That was seriously stupid!

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