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DUI Driver Hit by Two Trains after Police Chase Settles for Reduced Charges

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DUI accident fatalities increased from 9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2013. The NHTSA reported that the majority of DUI accidents with fatalities involved drivers whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.15 percent or higher, or almost twice the legal limit. 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.

A 30-year-old woman in another state led police on a drunken high-speed chase that sometimes exceeded 100 mph before being hit by two trains. The woman survived and entered guilty pleas to reduced charges. She pled guilty to one count of DUI and one count of reckless driving, both misdemeanors.

The woman was sentenced to serve 90 days of home confinement with permission to leave home for work, counseling, court ordered community service and medical appointments. She was also sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to get a substance abuse evaluation and a mental health evaluation. The woman was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,370 for the DUI conviction and restitution to two men and to the Union Pacific Railroad. 

According to the probable cause affidavit filed in court, the woman's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at the hospital more than an hour after the accident was 0.192 percent, more than double the legal limit. She had left a party as police were arriving to break it up and led police on a high-speed chase above 100 mph. She entered a train crossing and was struck by a southbound freight train. As police were arriving, another southbound train on an adjacent track hit the vehicle.

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