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POSTED: March 17, 2010 1:40 p.m.
A car chase on Hwy. 204 in Ellabell last week concluded with an overturned vehicle, DUI charges and both the driver and passenger being hospitalized, according to a report on file with the Bryan County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputy Christopher Boatright was patrolling traffic around 9:30 p.m. on March 6 when he reportedly observed a Mazda 626 weaving in the roadway.
Boatright reports that he got behind the Mazda, which then made an unsafe turn onto Steve Bulloch Road, nearly striking an oncoming vehicle.
Boatright reports that he threw on his lights and siren, which was followed by the Mazda accelerating and nearly striking another vehicle as it weaved.
After a brief pursuit, the driver, Helena resident Zoe Simmons, lost control of the vehicle and overturned into a canal.
According to the report, Simmons climbed out of the ditch, complaining of a back injury, while passenger and Pembroke resident Karen Kelly climbed out of the vehicle, complaining of leg pain.
Both were transported to Memorial Hospital while the Georgia State Patrol was brought in to investigate the scene. Boatright noted that EMS workers smelled alcohol on the breath of the driver, Simmons.
Boatright reportedly contacted GSP Trooper Gray, who informed him that Kelly sustained a broken leg and Simmons may have sustained a broken back.
Blood was drawn from Simmons at the hospital and DUI charges are pending by the Georgia State Patrol.

 

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