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Alleged DUI Suspect Destroyed Power Pole, Left I.D. at the Scene

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers. A 2006 study by the NHTSA estimated that there is one drunk driving fatality in the United States every 30 minutes.

 

Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. Georgia DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.

 

Duluth Police allege that a man was intoxicated when he led them on an early morning high-speed chase before crashing his vehicle into a power pole. The driver fled on foot.

 

According to the police report the pursuing officer believed he saw sparks when the car downed the power lines. This resulted in a blackout in the neighboring area when Georgia Power needed to shut off the power pole's electricity. The police found a beer bottle cap, a photo ID and a shoe lying near the car.

 

A week after the accident the suspect met with police regarding previous incidents as he had outstanding warrants in Gwinnett County. The suspect told police he wanted to discuss an accident that happened on the night in question. He was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, hit-and-run, criminal damage to property in the second degree and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

 

If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Clayton County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith's book, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia