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Georgia man in custody following DUI charges

A Cartersville man is in custody following an accident police believe to have been predicated by intoxication, according to reports made available to local media. The 25-year-old Georgia man was in jail as of Jan. 14 after an accident that caused serious injury to two people in his vehicle. He now faces DUI charges as well as felony counts of serious injury by vehicle. So far, his trial date has not been made public. 

According to the police report, an officer observed the man leaving a parking lot at a high rate of speed before crossing a bridge while continuing to accelerate. Police gave chase with warning lights active, but the driver reportedly did not slow down, continuing to travel at some 70 miles per hour. The officer activated his siren but lost sight of the driver. His vehicle was found later, overturned in the middle of the street after apparently striking a power pole, a concrete column and a wooden retaining wall. 

One passenger had been ejected from the vehicle and had suffered a broken leg as well as severe head trauma. The second passenger crawled out of the wreck before passing out from blood loss. A third passenger and the driver remained in the vehicle, and both also suffered injuries. The driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment where a blood test was administered to assess his sobriety. This sample was taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for testing. 

In order for the man to be found guilty of the DUI charges, the blood test must corroborate the officers' claims he was drunk at the time of the accident. However, blood tests are not always 100 percent accurate, and the man's defense team may seek to call into question the sample's admissibility into a Georgia court. Additionally, they will ensure the man's right to the presumption of innocence and a fair trial are respected throughout this process. 

Source:, "Cartersville man jailed after serious injury wreck on South Broad", Diane Wagner, Jan. 14, 2018

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