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December 2012 Archives

An alleged drunken driver took a page out of the Kool-Aid Man's playbook Sunday night when he smashed his car right through the wall of an Atlanta home.

The collision sent the kitchen sink and a table flying into the house's occupants. Now Ray Roberts, the driver, is facing charges for DUI, failure to maintain lane, and reckless driving, Fox 5 News reports.

With many people visiting family and getting sauced at Christmas parties, the holiday season is one of the most dangerous times to get behind the wheel.

This year, holiday driving was especially deadly. According to a report by the Georgia State Patrol, 17 people were killed in crashes across the state over the holiday weekend, making it the deadliest Christmas weekend since 2008, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Michael Tsilimos was kicked out of a Duluth bar this week for being loud and unruly. Instead of calling it a night, however, Tsilimos decided to go on a rampage in his truck.

Tsilimos allegedly led Norcross police on a chase before smashing his truck into the patio of the Tavern at Medlock. He's now facing a whopping 18 charges, including DUI, Channel 2 Action News reports.

Was Jamal Anderson drunk or just really tired? Back in June, the former Atlanta Falcons running back was arrested on DUI charges after police found him asleep at the wheel of his Escalade.

Anderson's lawyer argued that his client wasn't drunk at the time, merely tired. In response, prosecutors later dropped the DUI charge.

On Monday morning, Anderson pleaded guilty to reckless driving and was sentenced to 12 months of probation, CBS Atlanta News reports.

On Friday, 81-year-old Marilyn Schmitz reportedly crashed into several cars in North Fulton County, Channel 2 Action News reports. According to authorities, it wasn't Schmitz's age that was to blame for the accidents. It was Jack Daniel's.

An arresting officer found an open bottle of Jack in Schmitz's purse. When questioned, the senior citizen admitted to having a couple drinks at a concert. Schmitz is now facing a number of charges including DUI.

Schmitz was heading south on Roswell Road when she rear-ended another car, police said. She then crossed into oncoming traffic, hit another car head-on, and smashed into a power pole, causing her car to flip.

The drunk tank is already scary enough. Imagine landing in it while wearing the Christmas sweater your grandma knitted for you. You're sure to be a big hit with your cellmates.

Georgia law enforcement will be on the lookout for drunken drivers this holiday season. So if you plan on drinking at holiday parties, you should also have a plan to get home safely.

Georgia Tech assistant basketball coach Josh Postorino was absent from the team's game against UNC-Wilmington on Saturday night.

Postorino has been temporarily relieved of his coaching duties following an arrest last week for DUI in Jacksonville, Florida, First Coast News reports. The assistant coach was reportedly on a recruiting trip when he was busted for drunken driving early Thursday morning.

Bradley Nurkin, president of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, was involved in a single-car crash back in October.

Nurkin refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test, and was arrested on suspicion of DUI, the Gainesville Times reports. Last month, the NGMC president was charged with DUI, failure to stay in his lane, and driving without insurance.

Former Georgia Bulldog and current 49er Demarcus Dobbs was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of DUI and alleged marijuana possession, The Sacramento Bee reports.

The defensive end reportedly crashed his Cadillac while driving in Santa Clara, California, where the 49ers practice. Authorities are still waiting on the results of a chemical test to determine whether Dobbs was impaired at the time of the accident.

In 2000, 22-year-old Chris Sandy's entire life changed. Sandy had four drinks at a party before speeding down a country road outside of Atlanta. His car crashed into another vehicle head-on, killing an elderly couple. As a result, Sandy spent more than eight years in prison, the Rockdale Citizen reports.

Now he wants to tell his story. On Wednesday, Sandy will be speaking at a screening of the Emmy Award-winning DUI documentary "Enduring Regret: Chris Sandy's Story of Living Life After Causing Death" at the Georgia Piedmont Technical College's Newton Campus.