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Georgia woman in wrong-way accident accused of underage DUI

A Cobb County woman was detained in connection with a July 19 accident that resulted in serious injuries to two individuals. According to her arrest warrant, the 18-year-old reportedly informed officials that she consumed alcohol at a party prior to the incident. The report says that she drove a 2002 Nissan Maxima in the wrong direction on Interstate 575 and hit a 2005 Ford Focus head-on. Officials at the scene noted an odor of alcohol on the woman.

The driver and passenger of the other vehicle suffered serious injuries. While both are expected to survive, one of the injured parties needed emergency surgery, having suffered internal injuries as well as two broken legs. The woman charged with underage DUI was also injured. After release from an area medical facility, the woman was detained. In addition to charges of underage possession, reckless driving and DUI, she also faces two felony counts of serious injury by vehicle. She remained in custody with bond set at $30,000.

Penalties for drunk driving in Georgia

Individuals in Georgia may be aware that the state has strict laws pertaining to driving under the influence, but they may not be aware of just what the penalties are for breaking those laws. The penalties can vary depending on whether the accused has had convictions in the past as well as other determining factors.

While a first offense might result in a chance of incarceration up to a year and a $300 minimum fine, a second offense within five years of the first could result in a $600 minimum fine and mandatory time in jail. Along with that could come a license suspension of three years and a minimum of 30 days of community service as well as other fees and programs.

Police chase ends at Athens house

A 50-year-old Athens man was detained and received seven citations on July 11 after supposedly leading police on a chase while intoxicated. The incident began around 2:30 a.m. when police claimed that they clocked a vehicle traveling more than 20 mph above the speed limit of 40 mph zone on Ga Loop 10/Broad Street.

Police say that they pursued the vehicle as it turned onto Epps Bridge Road and then onto Epps Bridge Parkway while it occasionally moved to the grass and the wrong side of the road. According to reports, the police were unable to stop the vehicle after it turned onto Timothy Road and then Tawnyberry Drive, but they checked the registration and obtained an address.

New program allows for quicker blood test warrants in DUI stops

Georgia drivers may wish to be aware of a new statewide program that could expedite the procedure in place for police to force a blood draw when pulling over a person suspected of drunk driving. Through the cooperation of various agencies, the process for receiving a warrant is now quicker than normal.

When a driver is initially stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence, they will be subjected to a Breathalyzer test at the scene to measure their blood alcohol content. Refusing a breath test is a possibility, which would then make the officer seek a warrant allowing them to draw blood. Normally, this would take time to obtain. However, a new program has been instituted in Georgia known as Operation Thunder. The initiative involves multiple groups of authorities, including the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and the District General's office in Chatham County.

Woman said to have dragged police officer faces multiple charges

On July 1, a woman was discovered slumped over in the driver's seat of a 2007 Hyundai Accent in Atlanta, according to a spokesperson with local police. Her car was parked near railroad tracks in the 700 block of McDaniel Street when two officers with Atlanta Police saw the vehicle, approached the car and found her asleep at the steering wheel.

Authorities said a whistle from a passing train sounded and woke the woman. Upon awakening and spotting the officers, she attempted to flee the scene. When she did, one of the police officers reached inside the car to stop her, but he was dragged by the car until it ran into a pole, ending the drive-off attempt.

Georgia man detained after alleged drugged driving rampage

Authorities have detained a Georgia man in the wake of an alleged episode of enraged drugged driving during which the man drove across two counties and intentionally struck 10 vehicles. The reported crashes began on the evening of July 1 in Nicholson after the 53-year-old man's truck hit a light pole near the city's community center and then ran into a parked car in the parking lot. The man then drove into a cemetery and onto U.S. Highway 441, heading south towards Athens. After he gained the highway, he allegedly began intentionally rear-ending vehicles, including a tractor trailer and a passenger car, as he made his way towards Athens. He also reportedly side-swiped some cars as he drifted into their lanes.

The collision spree continued after the man crossed into Athens-Clarke County, according to Athens-Clarke County Police. The man reportedly rear-ended a Hummer multiple times, possibly stripping the vehicle's gears. He then allegedly drove around the Hummer and began to run into other vehicles.

Woman charged with DUI following fatal motorcycle crash

A sedan driver is facing multiple DUI-related charges following a fatal collision with a motorcycle on June 28 in Georgia. One person was killed in the wreck, and news sources say the allegedly intoxicated driver was taken into custody at the scene by Atlanta police. According to sources, preliminary charges in connection with the case include reckless driving, DUI, vehicular homicide and following too closely.

The incident happened as the woman attempted to merge her car onto Interstate 20. According to police, the motorcycle's female passenger fell from the bike when it was clipped from behind by the sedan. The passenger was subsequently run over by the car, and reports indicate that she died at the scene. Following the impact, the bike collided with a median wall, and its driver left the area on foot after realizing that his passenger had succumbed to her injuries.

19-year-old man faces DUI following traffic stop

Georgia students who are concerned about the effect that a drunk driving charge could have on their academic and career prospects may be interested in a case involving a 19-year-old motorist who was taken into custody in Conyers in June. News reports indicate that the man is facing an underage DUI charge following a traffic stop on Honey Creek Road near a local high school.

The man is believed to have been under the influence of marijuana, a depressant and a narcotic when the incident occurred. He was pulled over by Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputies after a witness who was traveling behind his vehicle on Highway 20 called 911 to report a possible impaired driver. Sources say that one of the deputies who responded to the call is certified as a Drug Recognition Expert.

DUI charges pending for Georgia mother

A 35-year-old woman was taken into custody on June 16 on charges of drunken driving while carrying children in the car she was driving, according to reports. The woman, from Rome, Georgia, faces one count of DUI, two counts of endangering a child by DUI and charges pertaining to probation and open container violations in the incident.

According to police reports, the incident happened when a Rome police officer pulled the woman over just before 11 p.m. at the intersection of East Eighth Street and Second Avenue in accordance with a report by an individual who alerted local law enforcement officials of two intoxicated female drivers who left the Sunrise Inn on Martha Berry Boulevard in a green Honda. The officer stated that a 35-year-old female was driving the Honda along with another female passenger and two children. Also inside the Honda, the police officer located whiskey in a Styrofoam cooler.

Georgia man has bond revoked for latest DUI charge

A 39-year-old Georgia man who is accused of killing a 74-year-old woman in a August 2011 car crash while he was under the influence of alcohol was cited for another DUI on June 15. In this latest incident, the man reportedly rear-ended a vehicle that had been stopped at a traffic light on Georgia Highway 278 in Covington.

When family members of the victim from the fatal accident found out that he was bonded out of jail shortly after this last DUI arrest, they contacted the Newton County District Attorney's Office to voice their displeasure. The man was taken into custody shortly before noon on June 19 and was being held without bond. The daughter-in-law of the woman killed in the 2011 accident told a local news outlet that it was a small victory for the family, but they were ready for his trial to begin.

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