A man faces DUI charges after a wreck with a semi-truck on Sunday afternoon along Ga. 400 in southern Forsyth County.
According to Forsyth County News, that man, John Francis Hefele, a 31-year-old from Alpharetta, was heading south on Ga. 400 in his SUV at approximately 1:30 in the afternoon. Hefele reportedly side-swiped a semi-truck, his vehicle sliding under the trailer in the process.
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The accident occurred at the McFarland Parkway exit, where the 18-wheeler was trying to get off.
Hefele was taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life threating injuries.
The driver of the truck was not injured. The only passenger was a dog, which was also not harmed.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office reports that Hefele was charged with DUI drugs, possession of marijuana, and failure to maintain lane. He also had existing probation for a possession of methamphetamine charge.
Upon his release from the hospital, Hefele will be taken to the Forsyth County Jail.
In Georgia, a DUI with drugs is treated the same as if it were alcohol. A violator faces ten days to 12 months in prison and between $300 and $1,000 in fines. The marijuana charge and traffic violation are both misdemeanors.
In 2014, a study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that over 10 million drivers operate a car or truck while under the influence of drugs ever year across the U.S, leading to the deaths of over 4,000 drivers through accidents.
So far in June, over a dozen car accidents have been reported by the Cumming Police Department, according to accident tracker GEARS.
After the accident, Forsyth County sheriff’s deputies and emergency crews quickly cleared Ga. 400 to restore normal traffic flow.