One such incident occurred this past Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Officer Scott York was driving on his way to an accident when he drove up on the curb and struck two pedestrians and two parked cars. The officer told investigators he traveled into the center lane in an attempt to pass another vehicle but when the vehicle also started to merge into the center lane, he had to swerve to avoid a collision, and he lost control of the car. Sadly, one of the pedestrians died at Gwinnett Medical Center, as a result of the accident. The other pedestrian was treated and released. The officers investigating the accident said it is never easy to investigate an incident that involves one of their own. Officer York is on administrative leave following the crash. Office York will likely be charged with Felony Vehicular Homicide because of the death due to his reckless driving.
Another incident involving law enforcement occurred over the weekend in Buckhead, Georgia. Georgia State Trooper Deionte McAllister was seen around 3 a.m. revving his engine and spinning his tires next to a Mustang on Peachtree Road. Additionally, some of McAllister's passengers were leaning out of the car yelling at the Mustang. Another GSP trooper pulled up behind McAllister and noticed that McAllister was following the car in front of him so closely that he had to tap his brakes repeatedly to keep from hitting it. The Trooper stopped him and asked for his driver's license and noticed a strong alcohol smell coming from McAllister. The trooper gave him a field sobriety test, which he failed and then arrested him on DUI charges. McAllister has been terminated from his position as a Georgia State Patrol Officer.
I am sure neither officer realized the extent of their actions during the moment and didn't imagine losing their jobs. Accidents and mistakes can happen in an instance, and it is important to pay attention to what we are doing and to think about the consequences our actions can have on our future. Driving is a privilege but actions taken during driving effect much more than just us.
If you have been in a wreck or received a ticket for a DUI, speak with an experienced Atlanta DUI Lawyer. Richard Lawson and his team of Georgia DUI Defenses Lawyers have over 21 years of experience. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.