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Man Arrested for DUI for Ninth Time, Says Beer Is His Coffee

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 58-year-old man was arrested in another state after a fast-food employee reported to police that a drive-thru patron had appeared drunk. The man was stopped nearby and the arresting officer reported that he smelled a strong odor of alcohol and he saw two open bottles of beer.


The man told the officer that he had Icehouse beer for breakfast and it was his "coffee." The man failed a field sobriety test and was arrested.


Upon booking it was discovered that the man had seven DUI convictions in Georgia between 1975 and 2000. He had one other DUI conviction in another state.


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