A tow truck driver sent to the scene of a DUI accident was arrested and charged with DUI when troopers smelled alcohol on his breath.
On Wednesday, May 5, a Georgia state trooper stopped a man on I-75 north of Dalton for a minor traffic violation. As the trooper approached the vehicle, the driver sped away. The driver led police on a chase that ended when the driver hit a pole off U.S. 41. The driver was under the influence of alcohol and had four pounds of marijuana in his car.
Police called for a tow truck to take away the mangled car. When Christopher Chaffin of Sexton Wrecker Service arrived, the trooper at the scene detected alcohol on his breath and arrested the tow truck driver.
The actions of the state trooper may have prevented a second DUI crash
Drunken drivers are a danger to everyone on the road. Drivers under the influence drive faster and are more reckless than drivers who have not been drinking. Georgia ranks 6th in the nation for alcohol-related traffic deaths. In 2008, there were 489 alcohol-related traffic deaths in Georgia. Alcohol-related crashes accounted for one-third of traffic deaths.
If you or a loved one were injured in a car wreck caused by an Atlanta-area drunk driver, you have rights. An attorney can help you get compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages. Contact The Law Offices of Shane Smith to learn more.