Atlanta, Ga. - The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a crash that ended in the death of the driver and the serious injuries of the three passengers in the vehicle.
The collision occurred after a police chase in Sandy Springs. Officers involved in the incident stated that the vehicle came back as a stolen car out of DeKalb County.
They first noticed the vehicle when it was driving erratically and weaving inland out of lanes on Georgia 400 Northbound. The driver refused to pull over and attempted to exit on Northridge Road. The car then left the road and hit several trees off the exit.
As an Atlanta DUI Lawyer, I will outline the initial offense that the driver was accused of committing - reckless driving.
Georgia Law defines reckless driving in O.C.G.A. §40-6-390 as:
(a) Any person who drives any vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property commits the offense of reckless driving.
(b) Every person convicted of reckless driving shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00 or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months, or by both such fine and imprisonment, provided that no provision of this Code section shall be construed so as to deprive the court imposing the sentence of the power given by law to stay or suspend the execution of such sentence or to place the defendant on probation.
Therefore, if a driver is found guilty of reckless driving, he or she could face up to a year in jail as well as fines up to $1,000.
The offense of reckless driving is related to DUI in Atlanta. Call our offices today if you have been arrested for reckless driving, DUI, or any other serious traffic violation. We can help you now.