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2 injured in Georgia; DUI charges filed

Two people were hurt following a crash police believe was caused by a drunk driver, according to local sources. The Georgia State Patrol responded to the accident on the afternoon of Dec. 15 in Gainesville. One of the two drivers involved now faces DUI charges in connection with the crash. 

According to the report, a 33-year-old woman was headed southbound on Ga. 60 when the accident occurred. Police believe she was traveling at a high speeds when she veered and her car left the road. The vehicle overturned in a ditch, and the 30-year-old male passenger in the vehicle was thrown from the car. He was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. 

The driver is also in serious condition and recovering at a hospital as of this report. Police say they have charged her with serious injury by vehicle, failure to maintain lanes and DUI charges. It was not made clear in the report how police came to the determination that she may have been intoxicated behind the wheel, as no mention was made of roadside sobriety tests. Appropriate evidence of drunk driving will need to be provided in court to support the charge. 

Often, a blood test is taken at the hospital when an injured driver suspected of DUI is admitted, though a warrant is typically required. Georgia prosecutors treat DUI charges seriously, and will typically make every reasonable effort to obtain a conviction. The woman's defense representation will carefully review the prosecution evidence to identify potential challenges in court and to determine how best to build their own case. 

Source: ajc.com, "2 injured in Hall County crash; driver charged", Raisa Habersham, Dec. 16, 2017

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