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June 2010 Archives

Officials Investigating DUI-Suspect, Details of Fatal Crash

Investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what happened June 19 around 4 a.m. when Jordan Griner, an intern in Governor Sonny Perdue's office, was killed in a car crash with Christa Scott. Scott, 26, has been charged with vehicular homicide and DUI. Both young people had promising futures ahead of them, but now one has been put to rest in Augusta, and the other is facing anywhere from 1 to 15 years in prison.

Woman Accused of DUI in Fatal Car Crash Holds Press Conference

Christa Scott and her parents held a news conference today at the office of Scott's defense attorney where they made their first public statements after Saturday's early morning car crash that killed Jordan Griner, 24. Atlanta police say Scott crashed her car into the vehicle driven by Griner at the intersection of West Peachtree Street and 17th Street in Midtown. Griner had a blood-alcohol level  of .229, nearly triple the legal limit.

Woman Accused of DUI in Intern's Death Will Speak Thursday

The funeral was held today in Augusta, Georgia for Jordan Griner, 24, an intern with Governor Perdue's office who was killed in a car crash early Saturday. Atlanta police are still investigating the crash, but Christa Scott, 26, reportedly blew through a red light and crashed into Griner's vehicle. 

Hello Georgia Summer, Goodbye DUI Tolerance

It is the time of year that so many look forward to. Summer is not complete without the various gatherings saturated with patriotism, friends, family, food and drinks. Georgia authorities, however, are on the lookout for drunk drivers, so make sure that your fun-saturated parties do not lead to alcohol-saturated drivers on Georgia roads.

Bus Driver Pleads Guilty to DUI Charges

A former school bus driver who recently pleaded guilty to DUI charges in Vermont had a long criminal history, including robbery, disorderly conduct, underage possession of alcohol, and DUI convictions in North Carolina and Georgia. Shane K. McBrayer, 30, drove a school bus of high school hockey players on a nearly 2-hour trip in January while he had a blood-alcohol content of .134.  McBrayer was driving erratically and came under the suspicion of the team's officials.

GA Mom Charged With DUI After Driving Son to School, Passing Out

A Georgia mom is in the Miller County Jail on DUI charges after driving her son to summer school while under the influence of drugs. Barbara Thornton was arrested by Quitman County Sheriff's deputies Wednesday after employees of the Big Cat gas station about a half mile from the school called to report a woman passed out in her car in their parking lot.

UGA's New Alcohol-Drug Policy Began Two-Year Trial in May

University of Georgia's revised alcohol-drug policy went into effect for a two-year trial starting with the Maymester term. The revised policy, approved in late April, will cease to automatically suspend all second-time offenders of UGA's alcohol policies. The policy will not change for students with an underage DUI, however, or for any second-offense violations officials deem particularly egregious.

Drunk Driving Isn't The Only Charge Augusta Man Faces

Augusta resident Jeffery Deon Hickson is facing multiple charges after forcing his 9-year-old daughter to consume beer, according to the Richmond County Sherriff's Office. The girl's blood alcohol level was 0.165 (more than twice the .08 legal limit in Georgia for a full-grown adult of legal age) when she was taken to the hospital.

Convicted of DUI in Georgia, Bus Driver Continues in VT

Former Vermont school bus driver Shane K. McBrayer, 30, of Waterbury VA plead guilty to drunk driving charges Tuesday and is now facing up to 18 months in jail. Employed by the Chittenden East Supervisory Union school district since last September as a daytime school bus driver and sporting events driver, McBrayer was on trial for driving under the influence of alcohol as well as negligent operation of a motor vehicle during a Mount Mansfield Union High School boys' hockey team trip on January 23rd of this year. The bus driver and his .134 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level initially caught the attention of team officials because of erratic driving. The legal BAC limit in Vermont where the offense occurred (as well as here in Georgia), is .08.