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Suspected drunk driver charged with crashing into Sandy Springs patrol car

SANDY SPRINGS, GA – A Roswell man was arrested after he allegedly crashed into a Sandy Springs patrol car while drunk Saturday morning, according to CBS46.

The incident occurred at about 5 a.m. as an officer was sitting in the patrol car with the emergency lights flashing. The vehicle was stationed in a lane closure on Georgia 400 near Hammond Drive. Police said 38-year-old Elfego Lucas Rivas struck the police car and then drove off, but was apprehended later. The officer in the car was hospitalized but the injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Rivas is now facing numerous charges, including DUI, aggravated assault, and hit and run. Police said the incident served as a reminder of the state’s “Move Over” Law, requiring drivers to change lanes and give room to emergency responders such as police, fire, emergency medical services, or HERO units.

While law enforcement officers do what they can to stop and arrest drunk drivers, they cannot catch all of them. Sadly, some impaired drivers cause devastating crashes that result in life-changing injuries and death. The experienced Atlanta car accident lawyers at Brauns Law Accident Injury Firm help our injured clients hold drunk drivers accountable for their actions. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (404) 418-8244 or contact us using the form on our site.

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