Georgia – In Norcross, Georgia, Gwinnett County police recently arrested a 26-year-old male suspect from Lawrenceville who stands accused of running down a police officer with his car at a club early Saturday morning.
Reports indicate that the officer injured was off-duty at the time when he tried to inhibit an individual from driving drunk, resulting in the suspect allegedly running over the officer. At this point, investigators have commented that the suspect involved might not be a legal resident of the country.
Police revealed the identity of the suspect implicated in the assault of a Gwinnett County police officer and an investigator with the District Attorney’s Office. Ivan Montalvo is alleged to have run over Gwinnett County police officer Lt. Edward Restrepo twice while just outside of the Chiquititas Lounge in Norcross Saturday morning.
Montalvo has now been charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer, driving under the influence, hit and run, two counts of felony obstruction, as well as fleeing or eluding and driving without a license.
The events that allegedly led up to the officer being run over started when District Attorney investigator Shayla Lacosta and Officer Restrepo had picked up a part-time gig working security for the club.
According to police, Officer Restrepo and Lacosta had seen Montalvo stumbling about the parking lot, making his way over to his vehicle. The duo approached Montalvo as he had entered his car and asked him to exit his vehicle. Montalvo reportedly refused to exit the van, despite being noticeably intoxicated. Officer Restrepo and Lacosta opened the door of the Ford and attempted to extract Montalvo from it.
With the car put into reverse, Montalvo hit the gas and knocked down Officer Restrepo with the opened driver’s side door. Montalvo allegedly ran over the officer while he was grounded underneath the van, while simultaneously knocking back Lacosta through the reverse motion of the car. Police stated that Montalvo then placed the van into drive, and ran over Officer Restrepo a second time.
Lacosta had provided a description of the Ford van used in the assault to authorities that responded. Police were later able to locate the suspected vehicle at an apartment complex on Wintergreen Road in Norcross, not too far from the nightclub where the officer was run over.
Authorities were called over to the apartment complex after reports came in of a suspicious vehicle, where the driver eventually fled on foot. Montalvo was located after police utilized a K9 officer to track him down.
When speaking with police, Montalvo stated that he only abandoned his vehicle at the apartment complex because he didn’t have a driver’s license. When asked about the reasoning for the alleged assault, he stated that he didn’t even remember using his vehicle to strike the officer and investigator. Following his apprehension, Montalvo was transported over to the Northside Gwinnett Hospital for a dog bite and then booked in Gwinnett County Jail at 9:29 a.m. on Saturday.
Jail records indicate that Montalvo had also been charged with DUI on four other occasions prior to this latest arrest. While there’s been no official statements on Montalvo’s immigration status by other outlets, jail records also show that there’s an active ICE detainer lodged against the suspect.
Lt. Restrepo is home and recovering from his injuries from Saturday morning. Ivan Montalvo (age 26) has been arrested & charged with multiple crimes to include DUI, Agg Battery, Agg Assault, Hit & Run, Obstruction, Fleeing, and No License.
— Gwinnett County Police (@GwinnettPd) January 27, 2020
Both Officer Restrepo and District Attorney investigator Lacosta were taken to Northside Hospital Gwinnett after the assault. They’re both being treated for non-life threatening injures and are reported as currently recovering.
Gwinnett County police Public Information Officer Cpl. Michele Pihera released a statement following incident:
“Lt. Restrepo is home resting and recovering from his injuries. He appreciates all the well-wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery.”
Presidential candidate Joe Biden feels very strongly about not deporting criminal aliens for driving drunk.
In Biden’s latest stance about what he’d do if he’s elected as president, he reportedly told Vice News that he wouldn’t deport illegals convicted of drunk driving. His rationale for this is because drunk driving isn’t a felony in his book, and thus immigration officials shouldn’t have to deal with it.
There are so many things wrong in that sentence. So let’s break it down.
On January 20, Biden was featured on a Vice News hosted event in Iowa that focused on “voters of color”.
Biden dropped his two-cents on illegal immigrants getting arrested and deported for committing crimes:
“[ICE Agents should] only arrest for the purpose of dealing with a felony that’s committed [in the United States], and I don’t count drunk driving as a felony.”
So, does Joe Biden intend to ignore all the laws that could in fact make drunk driving a felony offense? Like repeat offenses, instances where someone is hurt or killed… the list goes on.
Drunk driving kills Americans, plain and simple. Over 10,000 people die annually from drunk drivers – that’s a figure not far off from murder rates by all firearms combined.
I figure that someone so scared of guns killing people would certainly consider those weaponizing their vehicles as threats to be removed from the country if possible.
The numbers don’t lie, as a 2019 end-of-year report from ICE showed 49,106 criminal convictions for DUIs, alongside 39,717 traffic violations, 47,453 “dangerous drugs” convictions, and 26,156 assault charges. Those DUI convictions can lead to deportations that keep the roads safer and alleviate costs of harboring illegals.
The irony in all this is that Biden managed to make MADD mad. The group known as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, abbreviated as MADD, issued a statement after Biden made the comments about not calling drunk driving a felony.
“Drunk driving is the Number 1 killer on America’s roads and a violent crime that MADD believes should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, regardless of the offender’s immigration status.”
And Biden says he wouldn’t just stop at ignoring crimes committed by illegal immigrants. He actually talked about firing immigration officers who arrest people that are illegally in the country at the event as well. His rationale is that someone who is here illegally should be able to remain illegally, unless they do something felonious – and officers who arrest illegals while betraying that directive need to be fired.
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Waging a war against immigration entities within the Department of Homeland Security does nothing for actual citizens of the country. The leniency against illegal aliens that have drunk driving arrests and convictions has gone on far too long.
Take, for example, that of the 800,000 illegal immigrants who obtained DACA work permits during the Obama years, 4,210 of them had drunk driving arrests. Then you’ve got sanctuary cities and states that just let illegal drunk drivers back on the street, with activist attorneys that claim a DUI doesn’t justify a deportation.
This is just insane, considering that the only justification needed for deportation is someone being here illegally. There’s no need to make an issue more complicated than need be – no matter how said person makes their presence known to immigration authorities, they should be subject to deportation.
There have been several examples in the news that have highlighted the dangers of illegal immigrants who have driven drunk, causing some serious harm.
In July 2017, there was 32-year-old Nemias Garcia-Velasco who was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide. That act wound up killing a 58-year-old father of three, Silvano Torres.
"Nemias Garcia-Velasco, an illegal alien from Mexico, was charged with vehicular homicide after Silvano Torres, a 58-year-old father of three, was killed in a car wreck where Velasco was allegedly driving drunk." https://t.co/GQyk429OyI
— John Binder 👽 (@JxhnBinder) June 17, 2018
In early 2016, illegal alien Eswin Mejia fled the country after being able to post bail in Omaha for killing 21-year-old Sarah Root while driving drunk. The young girl died just one day after graduating from Bellvue University with a 4.0 GPA and a B.S. in crime investigation.
Then, just months ago, we had an example of a man killing two lawful immigrants via drunk driving. 25-year-old Juan Rodea-Cruz was allegedly driving drunk down the wrong side of the road in Clarendon Hills, Illinois on October 20th, killing 26-year-old Marko Boskovic and 25-year-old Laura Uribe from the impact.
We even lost 26-year-old Indianapolis Colts Linebacker Edwin Jackson in a crash caused by an illegal alien years back. 37-year-old Mexican national Alex Cabrera Gonsales killed both Jackson and 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe by crashing his Ford F-150 into them while being intoxicated.
This isn’t just an issue of politics; drunk driving literally kills people. If the country has an opportunity to remove risks that stem from people that shouldn’t even be here to begin with, then it’s time to start deporting them.