Atlanta, GA- A truck driver is facing numerous counts, including DUI, after lead multiple Georgia law enforcement agencies on a 100 mile chase from Macon to Atlanta.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the chase started in Macon, Georgia, late Monday when police attempted to pull a semi-truck with no trailer over.
Police in Bibb County received reports that trucker was driving erratically on I-75 without his headlights on and they tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the trucker was having none of it. Instead of pulling over, the trucker attempted to strike other vehicles, including police patrol cars, and took off down the interstate.
The pursuit continued and once in Monroe County, an officer pulled alongside the driver and shot out several tires, the Macon Telegraph reported. Several blown tires, however, was not enough to stop the driver and the pursuit continued through numerous counties.
Law enforcement made another attempt to stop the semi in Henry County by placing “stop sticks” in his pathway. That didn’t work either and, although he only had rims, the driver continued to flee from police into Atlanta.
The truck driver, identified as Bernard Mageto Monyoncho, 26, was finally stopped at Atlantic station. Police noticed his vehicle smelled of alcohol and placed him under arrest.
Monyoncho, who is from Minnesota, was charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, felony fleeing, open container and DUI, according to the Macon Telegraph. ‘
Even though pursuit went on for 100 miles, no one was injured.
A DUI alone is a major hassle to deal with and can far reaching effects on a person’s life upon their conviction. In Monyoncho’s case he will most likely temporarily lose his commercial driver’s license and therefore his livelihood. Many people learn that their jobs are in jeopardy following a DUI arrest.
A first DUI conviction in Georgia can land a person in jail anywhere from 24 hours to 1 year in jail. A convicted DUI offender will also face up $1,000 in fines and other DUI-related costs and a minimum one-year suspension of their driver’s license. A conviction may also require a person to install an ignition interlock device in their car, causing their costs to add up. Those are not minor penalties, so it is always best for anyone facing DUI to retain a DUI defense lawyer in Atlanta to assist them with their case.
Not drinking and driving is the best way to avoid a DUI charge. But if you’ve made the mistake, your next move should be to retain a DUI lawyer in Georgia immediately. At USAttorneys we have a team of defense lawyers who will evaluate your case and decide how to approach your defense. You may be eligible for a plea bargain or you may fare better going to court. Either way you can rely on your legal counsel to work to your benefit and do what they can to minimize the consequences of your actions. Be smart and contact an attorney today and get their expert advice.