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Police Officer Arrested for 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 37-year-old off-duty police officer in another state was arrested by officers in his own department before being turned over to state police and charged with DUI after another motorist observed him driving erratically.

According to police reports the officer initially refused field sobriety tests and blood alcohol tests. His blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.217 percent, nearly three times the legal limit, when he consented to the test almost two hours after he was arrested.

The officer pled guilty to DUI and was fined $300 and an additional $350 in court costs. According to the police he participated in a residential treatment program and did not lose his job. He was suspended without pay for two weeks as punishment for the DUI. While in treatment his department placed him on paid administrative leave.

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