The Georgia State Patrol says that a 54-year-old man was driving under the influence when he lost control of his vehicle near Cave Spring on Aug. 25. State Troopers charged the man as he remained in the intensive care unit of the Atlanta Medical Center. He is facing counts of DUI, failing to maintain a single lane and not wearing a safety belt. The single-vehicle accident took place on Gadsden Road at approximately 9:30 p.m.
According to a GSP report, the man’s pickup truck overturned in a drainage ditch in the vicinity of Rehoboth Road. He was partially ejected from his vehicle by the impact. Responding emergency service personnel said that the man was moving but unresponsive when they arrived at the scene.
Members of the Cave Spring Fire Department then pulled the injured man from his disabled vehicle and transported him to a field near the intersection of Gadsden Road and Fosters Mill Road. A helicopter was then called in to transport the man to Atlanta for treatment.
Motorists convicted of driving drunk in Georgia can face severe penalties including jail time, fines and probation. However, the evidence relied upon in a DUI case may not always be admissible in court. Prosecutors often rely on the statements of law enforcement officers and the results of toxicology tests in a drunk driving case, and this type of evidence may be closely scrutinized and challenged by a criminal defense attorney. For example, police officers must conduct themselves according to strict guidelines, and breath or blood tests used to establish a driver’s blood alcohol level must be conducted according to rigid protocols. When these standards are not met, a criminal defense attorney may seek to have drunk driving charges reduced or dismissed.
Source: Rome News-Tribune, “Man injured in wreck on Gadsden Road charged with DUI“, Alan Riquelmy , August 26, 2014