In Georgia, a DUI conviction stays on a person’s driving record for the rest of their lives. That is not the only penalty that a DUI driver may face once convicted. Of course, just being arrested by police for driving drunk is the best-case scenario. Charges can rapidly escalate from a simple misdemeanor to multiple felony charges, particularly if someone is injured or killed in an alcohol-related accident. The Covington News reports on an accident involving a man who was arrested after fleeing the scene of an accident.
Witnesses at the scene of the accident told police that 32-year-old Wyatt George was the person who was at fault. They described George driving at a high rate of speed northbound on Highway 142. George was in the right turn lane and suddenly careened back into traffic lanes where it struck several other vehicles.
Witnesses then told police that George fled the scene on foot, heading towards the Ingles. He was found nearby and detained. Police determined that George was intoxicated and might have passed out just before the accident.
George admitted to officers that he was under the influence of alcohol but refused to perform any field sobriety tests.
A check of George’s criminal record revealed felony convictions. This made the 40-caliber carbine that police observed in the car illegal to be in George’s possession.
George was booked into the Newton County Detention Center. He is facing several charges including DUI less safe, reckless driving, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.
One of the victims was flown to an Atlanta trauma center with injuries caused by the accident. The other victims were assessed and treated by EMS personnel at the scene.
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