Posted on Oct 30, 2011
A drunk driver and his passenger sustained serious injuries when the driver crashed on Bird Road on his way to the Gold Rush fall festival in Dahlonega.
The Georgia drunk driving accident occurred at about 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 16. The 29-year-old driver was headed east on Bird Road. It is believed that he was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his 1995 Acura Integra and veered into the westbound lane. The driver over-corrected and then over-corrected again, sending his car into a spin. The Acura hit a mail box and a drainage ditch, and then flew into the air and landed in a driveway.
First responders had to cut two doors off the car in order to extricate the driver. The driver was not wearing a seat belt and sustained critical injuries, including a major head injury. He had to be sedated in order to be airlifted to the hospital.
Once he is released from the hospital, he faces charges of driving under the influence, failure to maintain lane, driving on the wrong side of the road, and not wearing a seat belt.
The passenger told officers that she tried to prevent the man from driving while intoxicated. She suffered non-life threatening injuries including cuts, neck injuries and back injuries.