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September 2012 Archives

A Houston County fire fighter could find himself out of a job after being accused of driving a fire truck while drunk, 13WMAZ reports.

Ironically, Jordan Bouley was driving to Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins to teach a public safety education course when he was pulled over. Bouley was charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane, hit and run, and a probation violation. It was his second DUI arrest.

A Macon police officer is learning what it's like to be on the wrong side of the law.

Sgt. Andrew Drumond Clarke was charged with DUI and speeding Saturday after being stopped by the Georgia State Patrol, The Telegraph reports. According to Macon police, 29-year-old Clarke has been placed on five days' administrative leave for the time being.

A Cobb County man was apparently so drunk that he drove straight through an elementary school fence and kept going, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The worst part: he had a 6-year-old in the car at the time. Now Jeffrey Malcolm Carson is facing charges for DUI, child endangerment, striking a fixed object, and failing to report an accident.

A Florida man is accused of causing a drunken driving accident that left a Kennesaw Mountain High School custodian dead, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Keven T. Inman was reportedly drinking with his brother Kelven Inman before causing the fatal wreck on Kennesaw Due West Road, near the high school. John "Steve" Bryan was driving home from work at the school when he was killed in the accident.

Controversial Fulton County elections chief Sam Westmoreland is currently serving a 10-day sentence in Fulton County Jail.

Westmoreland was busted back in 2009 for DUI. In July, he had his probation revoked after failing to attend a DUI course, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Now the slip-up may cost him his job.

Michael Turner celebrated the Falcons' win over the Denver Broncos pretty hard Monday night. So hard that he ended up in the Gwinnett County Jail.

Only hours after scoring a touchdown, Turner was stopped for speeding on Interstate 85. The arresting officer had a suspicion that the NFL star was sloshed, so he booked him on DUI charges, The Associated Press reports.

A bad hangover can make you feel like you hit a brick wall. On Friday, a suspected drunken driver actually hit a brick wall when he crashed his minivan into a house, Channel 2 Action News reports.

According to authorities, the driver was fleeing from a prior crash when he crashed into the home. He'll probably face DUI and failure-to-stop charges once he's out of the hospital.

Last week, Beverly Wilkins drove in the wrong direction on Ga. 316, causing an accident that injured five other people. According to authorities, Wilkins was on Propofol, a powerful sedative commonly used for anesthesia.

On Thursday, a Gwinnett County judge approved a $100,000 bond that will allow Wilkins to enter a 12-week residential rehab program to help kick her drug habit, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Once rehab is complete, Wilkins will then be on house arrest while her case is pending.

Diplomatic immunity can get you out of a lot, but apparently not a DUI charge.

In April, Mexican vice consular Mariano Saynez-Ruiz-Duran was arrested for going 91 miles per hour on Ga. 400 while driving drunk. Saynez-Ruiz-Duran recently entered into a plea agreement with the city of Roswell, the Roswell Patch reports. Under the terms, the Mexican diplomat will be spending a day in jail.

A witness helped bring an alleged drunken driver to justice on Sunday night, the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Toney Smith, 60, was reportedly driving drunk when he hit and killed motorcyclist Jose Santiago-Maldonado, 30. Smith then allegedly drove off, but a witness to the crash followed Smith until officers caught up with him and made an arrest.

Police believe the driver responsible for a wrong-way crash on Ga. 316 was under the influence of a powerful sedative at the time of the accident, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Beverly Wilkins, 37, of Dacula, headed in the wrong direction on the highway, causing an accident that left five people injured. Authorities believe Wilkins was on Propofol, a sedative commonly used for anesthesia.

Over the past month, metro Atlanta has been plagued with wrong-way accidents. Last week, a driver killed himself and another man while driving south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 85, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. That's the fourth wrong-way crash in two weeks.

William Brock Wright slammed his pickup head-on into another truck while driving in the wrong direction on I-85. Both Wright and Christopher O'Day, a passenger in the other truck, were killed in the accident. Police aren't sure why Wright was driving in the direction. However, in most of the recent wrong-way accidents, alcohol or drugs have proven to be a factor.