Georgia, like many states, takes the crime of DUI very seriously. If that DUI involves an accident that causes injury or claims a life, a person can face very serious charges. If the person is seriously injured, the charge could be the felony Serious Injury by Vehicle. The penalty for this charge can result in up to 15 years in jail. Georgia statute defines “serious injury” as the full loss of the use of a body part, serious disfigurement, and brain damage. In addition to the criminal charges that a person can face, they can also face civil charges if a lawsuit is filed to recoup damages suffered in the accident.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on a woman facing her third DUI charge after allegedly hitting and injuring an Atlanta Police Officer.
The crash occurred early last Sunday morning when 30-year-old Dara Rappe allegedly rear-ended a Ford SUV at the intersection of Northside Drive and Woodward Way at around 1:45 a.m.
The collision sent the SUV into a guardrail. The SUV was being driven by William Goss, a 20-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department. Goss suffered from broken bones in his legs and a broken arm. 40-year-old Goss was performing an off-duty neighborhood patrol at the time of the accident.
Officers who responded to the scene determined that Rappe was at fault for the crash. She was taken to the Atlanta Grady Detention Center on charges of DUI, following too closely, and driving too fast for conditions.
This is not Rappe’s first DUI charge. She has been arrested twice previously for DUI, both of which involved crashes. One arrest occurred in 2013 in Doraville. The second arrest occurred in Gwinnett in 2014.
Rappe had just completed an alcohol awareness course as a part of her probation in 2017.
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