Georgia DUI News April 2018

Posted by Richard Lawson | Apr 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

In April 2018, Georgia saw several high-speed chases, a plane rear-ending a car, and many other accidents. Some of them include: 

On April 7th, Hannah Dawn Hartsfield was charged with driving under the influence in Moultrie, Georgia. Hartsfield is 18 years old. She was driving down Doc Darbyshire Road when her 2011 Chevrolet Camaro crossed the center line. Her car went airborne and landed in a trash bin. She was also charged with a seat belt violation. 

A Walton County teenager died April 7th after being hit by a car. Mackenzie Dawn Howard was 17 years old and a junior at Walnut Grove High School. She was getting out of a truck when she was hit by another car on April 3rd. She was airlifted to an Atlanta hospital where she, unfortunately, died from her injuries. If the driver that hit her is responsible for the death, he or she will be charged with vehicular homicide. The driver will need a Walton County DUI Lawyer.

A multi-vehicle accident that injured two people occurred Wednesday, April 11th in DeKalb County. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department stated that a Ford Focus pulled out in front of a pickup truck. The truck hit the rear passenger side of the car and eventually overturned. The Ford Focus, driven by Joshua Chapman, then hit a Honda Pilot head-on. Luckily no serious injuries were reported from the accident. 

A Lumpkin County Sheriff's Deputy was involved in a three-vehicle crash on April 16th.  The deputy was not at fault in the accident. Jarren Rece Clark, 18, was driving a Toyota Tacoma down Ga. 115 as he approached a curve. He overcorrected, crossed the center line, and hit a Honda Odyssey. The Odyssey hit a mailbox before landing in a ditch. The Tacoma went down an embankment where it hit Officer Donald Lewis' patrol car. All three drivers were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Clark was charged with DUI, serious injury by vehicle, failure to maintain lane, and driving too fast for conditions

On April 21st, an Alpharetta police officer was injured in a high-speed chase. The chase occurred on GA-400 southbound, and the driver allegedly reached 143mph. The driver was identified as John Bolling and has been charged with DUI, reckless driving,, and other offenses. The officer suffered minor injuries and was released from the hospital. 

On April 23rd, eight students were injured after a tractor-trailer rear-ended a school bus. The wreck occurred on I-285 southbound. The bus contained 19 students from Cedar Grove Middle School and Champion Theme School. The bus had stopped due to traffic, and the tractor-trailer could not stop in time.

One man was killed April 25th in an accident involving a tractor-trailer. Around 11:30 in the morning, a tractor-trailer was broken down in the far-right lane of I-85. Their warning lights were on. A man driving a pickup truck ran into the tractor-trailer and died from the accident. 

On April 28th, a plane went down near Lake Lanier and ran into the back of a car. Three people were on the plane at the time. One died, but the other two are in stable condition. The accident occurred on Browns Bridge Road, but the driver of the vehicle was not injured.  Investigators are still gathering information about the deadly crash. 

A Forsyth County woman was arrested and charged with DUI on Saturday, April 28th. A concerned resident called 911 and reported that driver Kimberly Favors was swerving all over the road. A police officer observed her swerving out of her lane and tried to stop her on Ga-400. She refused to stop but continued to drive between 40-45 mph down 400. Ultimately, officers had to box her in to stop her. She was charged with driving under the influence, failure to maintain lane, and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. She will need a Forsyth County DUI Attorney

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