Driving under the influence is one of the most common criminal offenses. In Georgia, DUI alcohol cases comprise over 80% of all DUI accident cases and more than 90% of all DUI arrests. When it comes to drug-DUI cases, the use of prescription medication is a growing factor. Sleep-driving, such as occurs occasionally with the use of prescription sleeping medications like Ambien, is also a rising factor.
When an accident occurs as a result of a DUI, the driver may be charged with a felony. This is particularly true if the accident results in the death or serious injury of another person. The driver may also face charges such as vehicular homicide or felony serious injury by vehicle charges in addition to the DUI charges.
The AJC reports that a DUI suspect slammed into a Douglasville Police Department patrol vehicle when the police officer stopped to help a driver change a tire.
The accident occurred on the morning of Friday, June 5th.
At about 6:45 a.m., the driver of a Kia Forte slammed into the back of a vehicle that was parked in the emergency lane along Interstate 20 just before Fairburn Road. The impact pushed the patrol vehicle into the back of a pickup truck.
The patrol vehicle had stopped to help the driver of the pickup truck change a flat tire shortly before the accident.
The driver of the Kia was identified as 25-year-old Ariella Kevina Williams. She allegedly told Georgia State Patrol troopers that she was “sleepy” because she had not gotten enough sleep. Troopers also reported that Williams was under the influence of marijuana.
Williams is facing charges of DUI, failure to wear a seatbelt, failure to maintain lane, driving on a limited permit, and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
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