One man is facing several charges after he was involved in a single-car accident in Polk County, Georgia. The accident took place around 5:30 a.m. on June 7. When officers arrived on the scene after receiving a call that there was an accident with injuries, they discovered that the man had reportedly fled the scene while carrying a gun.
Officers who were driving through the county noticed a van at a residence. The van seemed to be damaged as though it had been involved in an crash. They looked over the area until they found the man whom they determined was driving the van. They also found the gun that they claim the driver had on him in a field located behind the residence, along with the gun’s case and six bullets. Officers noticed that the driver could not stand well. When asked to give a blood sample, the driver refused.
Emergency medical services took the driver to a local hospital. While at the hospital, the man received stitches on his hand due to a cut that police say he received in the accident. Later, he was taken to the Polk County Jail, where he was booked on DUI charges. Other charges included driving with a suspended license, hit-and-run and failure to maintain a lane.
When looking at a DUI case such as this, it is important to note that the driver should have been asked for a field sobriety test instead of just a blood sample. Additionally, the driver could have crashed because he was tired rather than intoxicated. There is also the possibility of a medical condition that could have caused the driver to become disoriented. An attorney may help thoroughly explore all of these possibilities and build a strong defense.
Source: Northwest Georgia News, “Driver faces charges after rolling van on rural road“, Melody Dareing, June 10, 2014