Posted: Monday, November 19th 2012 at 2:56pm
Driver charged with DUI, more after 5-vehicle wreck in Cornelia
By Rob Moore Editor
The driver of this white Chevrolet Blazer was charged with driving under the influence, failure to maintain lane, too fast for conditions and following too closely. (Photo/Rob Moore)
CORNELIA – Though details of what happened still are not included in the report yet, an Alto man was charged after his sport utility vehicle collided with four other vehicles on Highway 441 Bypass beside McDonald’s in Cornelia Saturday afternoon.
Joshua Newsome of Alto was driving a white 1998 Chevrolet Blazer southbound on Highway 441 and approached several vehicles from the rear.
Newsome’s Blazer sideswiped a blue 2006 Chevrolet Colorado pickup driven by Morris Edward Jenkins Jr. of Baldwin, which was in the right southbound lane of Highway 441 Bypass.
The Blazer then drove between a 2001 Ford Taurus stationwagon operated by the University of Georgia and driven by Sakura Rashell Evans of Athens and a 2006 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Nelson Andrew Hanak of Bryson City, N.C., causing heavy damage to both those vehicles. The stationwagon was in the left southbound lane, while the Ford pickup was in the right southbound lane.
Newsome’s vehicle then struck the fender of a utility trailer carrying a golf cart, before colliding with the side of the silver 2004 Dodge Ram truck that was towing that trailer. The Dodge pickup truck was driven by 63-year-old Don Elrod of Jefferson, and was traveling in the right southbound lane at the intersection of Level Grove Road.
All vehicles but the Dodge pickup truck that was pulling the trailer were towed from the scene.
The southbound lanes of Highway 441 Bypass were impacted for close to 90 minutes due to the wreck and ensuing investigation and cleanup.
There were complaints of injuries, but all drivers and passengers refused transport by ambulance.
Newsome was charged by Cornelia police and was booked into the Habersham County Detention Center, where he later posted bond of $2,620, detention center records show.
Official details of the wreck, other than the driver and vehicle information provided by Cornelia Police Chief Rick Darby, remained unavailable Monday afternoon.
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