A DUI accident and a DUI that involves endangering a child are the two most common reasons for a DUI to be charged as a felony in Georgia. Two other ways that a DUI can be charged as a felony is if an accident causes serious injury or death to another person. In order for an injury to be considered “serious,” it does not necessarily need to be permanent. Broken bones, head injuries, and even burns can be deemed as “serious.” The Douglas County Sentinel reports on a man facing serious DUI charges for his role in a nine-vehicle collision.
29-year-old Kevin Neal Owen of Rockmart is facing charges of DUI and causing serious injury by vehicle.
Police say that Owen caused a nine-car collision on Thornton Road in Douglas County on Saturday. The crash left at least one person seriously injured and many others hurt.
Several people made calls to the authorities to report Owen driving recklessly on Interstate 20 westbound from Cobb and Fulton Counties.
At about 2:30 p.m., Owen exited Interstate 20 at Thornton Road and drove recklessly northbound. He slammed into several cars that were backed up at Waterway Circle near Maxham Road.
At the time, Owen was driving a Siemens work truck.
The accident left one man with severe head injuries, prompting the elderly victim to be airlifted to an Atlanta hospital.
At the time of the accident, police say that Owen had an open container of alcohol and had been driving too fast for conditions.
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