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November 2012 Archives

Bradley Dean Almy was killed by police after plowing into several cars and trying to strike an officer near Perimeter Mall on Wednesday.

While police haven't said whether alcohol was involved in the incident, Almy's arrest history suggests it's a possibility. Almy, 34, was due in court next week on charges from a June DUI arrest, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also arrested for DUI back in 2007.

Atlanta Police Officer Christopher Niezurawski will soon be on the other side of prison bars. For 10 days, at least.

Niesurawski, 36, was arrested back in April after he caused a wrong-way wreck while driving drunk on I-85. On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to his charges and was sentenced to 10 days in jail, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Dr. Richard Ballard has a problem. Ballard, an anesthesiologist at Northside Hospital, is accused of hitting a pedestrian, Army Reserve Capt. Alex Arca, while driving drunk in September. Just six weeks prior to the accident, Ballard was arrested in a different DUI incident.

Now Ballard and his attorney are pushing to get the September DUI charge reduced to reckless driving. Arca, however, isn't having it. The Army reservist is working to make sure Ballard's charges aren't reduced, according to Channel 2 Action News.

For the first time since 2005, annual traffic fatalities are expected to rise this year in Georgia, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. So far, 1,013 people have been killed in wrecks this year, according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

To combat the rise, state highway safety officials have been traveling around Georgia urging motorists to drive safely during the holiday season. Law enforcement officers across the state will also be participating in the national “Click-it or-Ticket” campaign this week to encourage people to buckle up during their Thanksgiving travels.

Ashly Brown is accused of driving under the influence with her 4-year-old daughter in the car. The kicker: Brown probably shouldn't have been driving at all.

According to Gwinnett police, the 23-year-old mother was arrested for a different DUI offense less than a month ago. Now Brown is facing new charges for DUI, child endangerment, and failing to secure her child in a car seat, Channel 2 Action News reports.

Wrong-way drivers have been a mounting problem in Atlanta. More than 100 people have been killed in wrong-way crashes in the past five years alone, according to 11 Alive.

It probably comes as no surprise that a fair amount of wrong-way accidents involve drugs or alcohol. So besides ramping up DUI enforcement, how can the city help curb wrong-way driving?

Most of us are well aware that a DUI conviction can lead to jail time, a license suspension, and a misdemeanor on your record. But many people forget about the financial consequences of driving impaired.

Marietta police want to remind you. But rather than stepping up enforcement, the department plans to ramp up DUI education by launching the "Cop Cab" campaign, Patch.com reports.

With the Cop Cab, a hybrid of a police cruiser and a taxi, Marietta police hope to offer a visual reminder of the high cost of a DUI -- and the relatively low cost of calling a cab.

On Sunday, an Atlanta news anchor made headlines herself when she was involved in a wrong-way crash on Piedmont Avenue.

Fox 5 News anchor Amanda Davis is accused of causing a head-on collision while driving drunk early Sunday morning, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Davis is facing a number of charges including DUI and reckless driving.

Former University of Georgia running back Caleb King has once again landed himself in jail. Run-ins with the law have already cost him his spot on the Minnesota Vikings.

Now King is accused of DUI. The 24-year-old was nabbed for drunken driving in Gwinnett County early Thursday, according to WSB Radio. He's facing a number of charges, including DUI.

In 2010, Demario Sanchez Horton caused an accident in Covington that left two of his friends dead.

Horton was only 19 years old at the time, but was apparently drunk. This month, Horton was found guilty of four felony counts of homicide by vehicle and sentenced to 15 years, five of which will be served in prison, according to RockdaleCitizen.com.

A late-night trip to the store landed two teens in the hospital Tuesday.

Chicago-resident Crystal Marshall reportedly hit three teenage girls while they were walking to the store early Tuesday morning, CBS Atlanta reports. Two of the victims had to be hospitalized, including one who was in serious condition. According to authorities, Marshall had pot in her car and was driving under the influence at the time of the accident.

It probably goes without saying, but we'll say it anyway: Athens is a hotbed for underage drinking.

About 1,000 minors are arrested for alcohol possession in Clarke County each year, according to Channel 2 Action News. Under Georgia law, officers have the discretion to issue a citation or make an arrest, leaving many underage drinkers with a criminal record.

A Turkish man who's been living in Atlanta may have just bought himself a one-way ticket back to the motherland.

Police pulled 50-year-old Sauvi Karaca over on Interstate 75 in Butts County after a motorist reported a possibly impaired driver. While being taken into custody, Karaca allegedly kicked an officer, landing him an additional charge for obstruction of justice, the Jackson Progress-Argus reports.

Because Karaca is a Turkish national, he could now face deportation proceedings.