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Georgia Driver Makes False Armed Robbery Report to Avoid DUI

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.


A 21-year-old Georgia man with a prior DUI on his record made a false claim of an armed robbery in what he admitted was an effort to avoid another DUI charge.


According to police, the man gave detailed accounts of an armed robbery. He claimed to have driven with friends to a local fast food restaurant. When the friends left to chat with some girls, the driver claimed he was threatened by a man who entered his truck. The story continued that the perpetrator located an unloaded gun that was wedged between the console and a front seat, loaded it and robbed the driver.


Police confronted the driver and warned him of the possible felony charge he could face for providing police with false statements. The man recanted his story and said he just wanted to avoid a second DUI. He admitted that he went to the fast food restaurant and ordered at the drive through window. The man then passed out in his truck and parked after being awakened by a restaurant worker. When he awakened and went inside the restaurant to retrieve his order he learned that four hours had passed. He also noticed that his gun and wallet were missing and decided to make up the story to avoid a drunk driving charge.


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