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Georgia man faces DUI charges

A man accused of hitting a police officer has been charged with drunk driving, according to local sources. The 44-year-old man allegedly struck a Georgia State Patrol trooper with his vehicle in the early morning of Nov. 6. He now faces DUI charges as well as several other criminal accusations. A media report did not indicate when the matter is expected to be heard in court. 

According to the police report, the state trooper was in the midst of directing traffic around a disabled vehicle on Ga. 369 at around 6:30 a.m. when the accident occurred. A vehicle driven by a 44-year-old man headed eastbound reportedly struck the trooper, who suffered a broken left leg. He was taken to a local hospital to undergo surgery to repair the break, and he is expected to recover. 

Street drugs are medically useful - sometimes

Sometimes drugs that are illegal turn out to have legitimate medical applications. The government must then decide what to do.

It took decades for lawmakers to acknowledge that there are medical uses for marijuana. The matter is resolved in some states, but the federal government still believes pot is criminal in nature.

Georgia city council member faces DUI charges

A city council official in Cartersville is facing serious charges, but was able to avoid immediate time in jail, according to local sources. Georgia authorities arrested the man in the early morning of Nov. 5 on suspicion of drunk driving. He now faces DUI charges, but he signed an ROR bond that allowed him to be released from custody. An ROR, or "released on your own recognizance" bond, is a signed agreement that allows the defendant to go free but guarantees he or she will appear at later court proceedings.

According to the police report, around 3 a.m., the 34-year-old man was pulled over by Cartersville police after his vehicle was observed not to have operating tail lights. The officer attempted to conduct the traffic stop but had to follow the man several blocks, as he was purportedly traveling at a high rate of speed and ignoring stop signs. The vehicle was eventually pulled over in a parking lot.

Georgia woman faces DUI charges

A woman accused of being high on drugs has been arrested following an accident that injured a pedestrian. Georgia authorities have charged the 39-year-old woman with DUI charges along with several other infractions. She has been detained without bond in a county jail in advance of a trial date, which has not been announced as of this report.

According to the police report, the woman was operating her vehicle at a high rate of speed in Floyd County on the afternoon of Oct. 27 around 12:30 p.m. Police told reporters the woman apparently ran a red light, striking a pickup truck that then veered onto the sidewalk where it struck a female pedestrian. The woman was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.

DUI charges filed against former Georgia teacher

A former Chickamauga City teacher is facing new charges following her acquittal on child molestation charges back in 2010. Georgia State Patrol arrested the woman after several alleged traffic infractions. She now faces DUI charges, but no court date has yet been set. She has sought criminal defense representation. 

According to the Georgia State Patrol, the woman was pulled over on the weekend of Oct. 14. Witnesses say she was seen running a stop sign, speeding and not maintaining her lane. Officers pulled her over and determined that she may be intoxicated. In a later interview, the woman said she cooperated with law enforcement during her arrest, but she refused to take a breath test on the scene. She cited the unreliability of such tests in determining blood alcohol levels. 

Georgia woman faces drug charges

A woman in Rome is facing a felony charge after police say they found drugs in her possession. The Georgia woman is a minor, aged 17, and faces drug charges of felony possession of methamphetamine, as well as misdemeanor possession of a drug-related object. If convicted, she could spend time in juvenile hall or possibly even jail, given the felony charge. 

According to police, the woman was out on bond for a separate charge when police found her with a used meth pipe in her home. It is unclear what prompted their search of her residence, as very few details about this case have been publicly released. She was arrested on Oct. 17 and was taken to a county jail. 

Prominent rapper facing drug charges in Georgia

A rapper who goes by the stage name Young Thug was arrested along with two other men in Brookhaven on suspected drug-related activities. Georgia authorities said the three men were pulled over during the week of Oct. 7. All three men are now facing drug charges and will appear in a Georgia court soon. 

The details of the arrest are unclear from the report, but it has been confirmed that Young Thug was pulled over after police noticed his tinted windows. Georgia law states windows cannot be more than 32 percent darker than normal windows, and officers say they believed his were in violation of that law. Once the vehicle was pulled over, a search was initiated by police. No reason was given in the report. 

DUI charges filed against Georgia woman after accident

A woman accused of striking a police officer with her vehicle on a state highway in the early morning of Sept. 26 is facing charges. Georgia authorities have filed DUI charges against the woman after she is believed to have struck a police car. It is unclear if she remains in custody, and no court date has yet been announced. 

According to the police report, around 4:30 a.m. the woman was driving on Ga. 400 when the accident occurred. The woman is said to have crashed her car into the back of a police officer's patrol vehicle. The officer was providing safety and traffic control to a construction team, and his vehicle was allegedly flashing its emergency lights. 

How do the new DUI license suspension rules affect you?

In Georgia, you can get your driver's license suspended in no time at all.

All you have to do is get pulled over and arrested for DUI. If you decline to be tested for alcohol or drugs, or you test positive, you can say goodbye to your license.

Georgia woman faces DUI charges

A Hampton woman is facing a variety of charges following an accident that claimed the life of a 26-year-old man. Georgia State Patrol reports that the woman was arrested following the crash and now faces DUI charges as well as several related charges in the tragic death. No court date has been announced for her at this time. 

According to the accident report, the 42-year-old woman stopped in the middle lane of Interstate 75 North with no lights on around 5:20 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 17. Another vehicle, driven by a 26-year-old man, was unable to stop in time before hitting the stopped vehicle from behind. The force of the impact forced both vehicles off the right shoulder and into the guard rail.