A grand jury in Forsyth County recently indicted a man accused of driving while intoxicated and colliding with another driver, seriously injuring her.
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Forsyth County News reports that the indictment, which came June 13, charged John David Keasler III, 27 of Buford, with a total of six counts. Amongst them are serious injury by vehicle, driving under the influence, and driving on the wrong side of the road.
In addition, he was charged with driving with an open container and reckless driving.
The charges originate from a March 12 incident in which Keasler was driving along Jot Em Down Road in northern Forsyth County at around 10 p.m. He then turned on to Ga. 400 and allegedly drifted into the wrong lane, hitting another vehicle head on.
The driver of that vehicle, an unidentified 19-year-old woman from Dahlonega, suffered debilitating injuries. According to the indictment, her injuries are said to have “rendered her arm and brain… useless.”
Keasler’s vehicle overturned in the accident, reportedly causing an open bottle of beer to be ejected from the vehicle. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office reports that Keasler walked away from the accident scene but was quickly found in a nearby field.
A date for Keasler’s trial has not been reported. Forsyth County Superior Court Judge David L. Dickinson is overseeing the case.
Keasler faces one to fifteen years in prison if convicted of the serious injury by vehicle charge as well as $300 to $5,000 in fines and up to one year in prison if found guilty of DUI, according to Justia and DMV.org.
All three of the other charges are misdemeanors in Georgia and carry fines of less than $1,000 and possible prison time of less than one year.
Intoxicated drivers continue to be a deadly force on Georgia’s roadways. In 2014, 326 Georgians were killed as a result of drunk drivers, 28% of the state’s nearly 1,200 roadway fatalities that year.