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Georgia man faces DUI charges following crash

A man was arrested in Cobb County following an accident involving a police officer who was responding to a fatal accident. Georgia police took a 26-year-old man into custody after he allegedly struck a police officer who had stopped to report a car accident involving a motorcycle. The man now faces DUI charges and is currently being held in a detention center prior to his first court appearance. 

According to the accident reports, the female officer was responding to reports of a fatal motorcycle crash on Interstate 75 on the early morning of Sept. 5. A motorcycle had apparently struck a pickup truck before striking the center median, killing the 39-year-old operator on impact. The officer in question had stopped to render aid at the accident site and was sitting in her patrol car when the second accident occurred. 

A 26-year-old man driving a luxury car reportedly failed to stop and smashed into the back of her squad car. He was moderately injured in the accident and was taken to a local hospital for treatment before being remanded to police custody. The officer who was struck was reportedly sore but able to walk away from the accident. The man stands charged with DUI and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. 

At this point in the investigation, it is unclear how Georgia police came to the determination that the man was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. No mention of a blood or breath test was made in the report, but standard practice usually involves a blood test being taken at the hospital following a crash of this type. However, any blood taken significantly after the crash could influence the blood alcohol results. Criminal defense may wish to bring this up in court, as it may have the effect of reducing the DUI charges against the man, or even having them dropped altogether. 

Source: wsbtv.com, "Man arrested on DUI charges after hitting officer investigating fatal crash", Steve Gehibach, Sept. 7, 2017

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