A man in Clarke County has been accused of DUI and reckless driving in Georgia amongst other charges after being accused of stealing an ambulance from a hospital in the middle of the night, abandoning the vehicle, and breaking into a nearby pharmacy.
According to reports, a video has been obtained by police allegedly showing the man driving the ambulance, running multiple red lights, striking a number of vehicles, and jumping curbs. In today's post, I will outline the law behind DUI in Georgia as it one of the charges faced by this man.
DUI in Georgia
DUI in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law as:
A person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any moving vehicle while:
- Under the influence of alcohol to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive;
- Under the influence of any drug to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive;
- Under the intentional influence of any glue, aerosol, or other toxic vapor to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive;
- Under the combined influence of any two or more of the substances specified in paragraphs (1) through (3) of this subsection to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive; The person's alcohol concentration is 0.08 grams or more at any time within three hours after such driving or being in actual physical control from alcohol consumed before such driving or being in actual physical control ended; or Subject to the provisions of subsection (b) of this Code section, there is any amount of marijuana or a controlled substance, as defined in Code Section 16-13-21, present in the person's blood or urine, or both, including the metabolites and derivatives of each or both without regard to whether or not any alcohol is present in the person's breath or blood.
- The fact that any person charged with violating this Code section is or has been legally entitled to use a drug shall not constitute a defense against any charge of violating this Code section; provided, however, that such person shall not be in violation of this Code section unless such person is rendered incapable of driving safely as a result of using a drug other than alcohol which such person is legally entitled to use.
Georgia DUI Laws are extremely complicated. Even a first DUI charge can be life-altering. Georgia DUI Penalties can include: probation, fines up to $1,000, jail time, community service, license suspension, alcohol and drug counseling, rehabilitation or treatment, DUI School, etc.
No one should face a DUI charge in Georgia alone. If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI, contact our offices today. A Georgia DUI Lawyer can help you today.