MORROW— A man has been cited for multiple traffic violations after he lost control of his car on I-75 in Morrow early on Friday morning. The driver narrowly escapes death. Thirty-three-year-old Rickie Bernard Martin was charged with failure to maintain his lane, driving under the influence, and possession of an open container.
Morrow Police said Martin’s Chevy Cruze ran off I-75 to the south of Georgia Hwy. 54. It then flew into the woods and flipped over after hitting a number of trees.
An eyewitness told police that they didn’t see any reason why the vehicle would leave the roadway or why the driver would lose control.
The officer saw Martin moving around in the car and told him to stay until the fire department arrived. However, Martin ignored the officer and got out of the vehicle. The car reportedly contained multiple alcoholic beverage containers, some of which were open.
A police report said the officer could smell alcohol coming from Martin’s person and he had bloodshot, watery eyes. He allegedly tried to get back into the vehicle multiple times and refused to listen to the officer and other responders.
The responding officer eventually handcuffed Martin because of his incoherence and behavior. He was reportedly unable to focus, follow simple directions or maintain eye contact.
Personnel from the Morrow Fire Department examined Martin but he reportedly refused treatment and agreed to a breath test.
The officer reported that Martin blew a 0.183 BAC and a 0.184 BAC five minutes apart.
The Morrow Police Department posted photos of the crash on Facebook, calling it a miracle that Martin was alive and that no one else was hurt.
He was ticketed and released to his sister.
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