St. Patrick’s Day was doubtless the time of many celebrations and parties involving green beer and other forms of alcohol. Along with the festivities, there were also undoubtedly arrests for driving under the influence. There was increased law enforcement on the roads in Georgia over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, which likely led to increased DUI arrests, but also was a dangerous job for some officers.
A police officer in Cobb County was injured during a traffic stop on St. Patrick’s Day when a suspected drunken driver hit him and kept driving. The Cobb County police officer had pulled over one driver and was heading back to his car after the traffic stop, when a BMW coming along the road hit him and drove away.
Other police officers soon stopped the BMW when they noticed damage to the car. The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit-and-run. His car was impounded. He has since been charged with DUI, failure to move over for an emergency vehicle and hit-and-run. He is being held on $30,000 bond.
The police officer suffered multiple broken bones and was taken to a nearby hospital. He is expected to recover.
Police: Officer Struck In DUI Hit-And-Run (wsbtv.com)