Drunk Driver Slams into Police Cruiser at 80 mph in Alpharetta, Georgia
ALPHARETTA, GA. – A drunk driver slammed into the back of a police cruiser on New Year’s Day in Alpharetta, Georgia, according to an online news report from wsbtv.com. The driver was traveling at about 80 mph and had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.*
An unidentified police officer was responding to the scene of a crash on Ga. 400 at Holcomb Bridge Road in Alpharetta. According to police, the officer had remained in her cruiser for a few minutes then got out of the vehicle because she had “a bad feeling.” Seconds later, an Infiniti sedan traveling 80 to 85 mph slammed into the back of the officer’s patrol vehicle.
The officer and others at the scene were reportedly not injured in the crash. The driver of the Infiniti, identified as Megan Johnston (age and city not reported), sustained only minor injuries. Police reported that Johnston never applied the brakes, and the officer involved likely would have died if she had been in her vehicle at the time.
When asked whether she saw emergency flashing lights on the road before the crash, Johnston responded to officers that she did see the lights, and that she did not know why she didn’t stop. A field sobriety test revealed Johnston had a blood alcohol level of about three times the legal limit. She was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. It is not clear when she will appear in court.
Alpharetta Police said this was the second drunk driving crash in the city on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Officers said they were hoping the incident served as a reminder for people to not drive impaired.
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