Driver Facing Charges for Ga. 71 Wreck in Varnell, Georgia
VARNELL, GA. – September 30, 2018 (wrcbtv.com) A driver involved in a vehicle collision September 30 in Varnell, Georgia, is facing charges, according to an online article from wrcbtv.com.*
At approximately 4:20 a.m. on September 30, Johnathan D. Pittman (age and city not reported) was driving on Ga. 71 in Varnell. Near the Food Lion, police say Pittman drifted outside of his lane and crashed into another vehicle. The Varnell Police Department said no one sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash.
Pittman has now been charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain a lane. The Varnell Police Department and Georgia State Patrol are continuing to investigate and have not released additional information at this time. The crash reportedly shut down a portion of the highway for several hours.
Varnell is located in Whitfield County, Georgia, on the northern border of the state. Whitfield County is part of the Dalton metro area and has an estimated population of approximately 104,600. The county’s major roadways include Interstate 75, U.S. Route 41, and U.S. Route 76.
According to data from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, vehicle accidents in Whitfield County have increased during the last several years. In 2012, a total of 1,342 vehicle accidents occurred in the county, leading to 480 injuries and 13 deaths. These numbers remained relatively steady through 2013 and 2014 but increased in 2015.
In 2015, 1,701 accidents occurred in Whitfield County, causing 509 injuries and 17 deaths. The following year, accident numbers jumped significantly. The accident total in 2016 was 3,229. These accidents resulted in 861 injuries and 13 deaths.
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