Drunk Priest Faces DUI, Weapons 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 52-year-old priest in another state was charged with DUI and misdemeanor weapons and drug charges after he was observed speeding and weaving through traffic.

According to the police report the priest was weaving his truck through traffic and was driving 79 mph in a 65 mph zone. The priest's BAC registered 0.247 percent, more than three times the legal limit.

When asked if he had any weapons the priest told the officer about a .357 Magnum in his truck but neglected to mention the 9 mm pistol in his pants pocket. He also did not tell the officer about a bag of marijuana in the same pocket.

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