Police Suspect Teen Driver Under Influence Of Drugs In Wreck

LaGrange Police have charged a local teen with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs after he caused an accident late Tuesday night.

Tuesday night about 9:42 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the intersection of South Davis Road and Hogansville Road in reference to motor vehicle accident with injuries.

Officers arrived and determined that the at-fault vehicle attempted to cross the intersection and failed to yield to oncoming traffic and struck and oncoming vehicle.

Two of the six occupants in the oncoming vehicle reported injuries, so paramedics were called to the scene and they were transported to the West Georgia Medical Center for further evaluation.

While speaking with the at-fault driver, Benjamin Everett Duffey, police began to observe several indicators of possible impairment. Police reported that Duffey’s speech was slurred at times and his eyes were bloodshot and watery. They say he had a lazy or tired look about his eyes almost as if he couldn’t keep his them open.

Duffey stated he was traveling into LaGrange from Hogansville and attempted to make a left turn onto South Davis Road. Duffey stated he had a green light and started to turn, but a vehicle he struck the other vehicle that was coming from the opposite direction.

Later while investigating the incident, a passerby approached officers and advised that Duffey’s vehicle had passed her at a high rate of speed just before the accident occurred. She stated the she was traveling at about 50 mph and the other driver passed her at a much higher speed.

Duffey denied having consumed any alcohol or drugs prior to the incident, so police asked him to take some sobriety tests to determine if he as safe to drive and he agreed.

Duffey then submitted to several standard field sobriety tests, which police say showed indicators of some type of impairment, but not from alcohol.

As a result, Duffey was arrested and transported to the West Georgia Medical Center where he voluntarily provided blood and urine samples.

Duffey, age 17, was later transported to the Troup County Sheriff Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs – Less Safe, and Failure to Yield.

Police say Duffey admitted at the jail that he may have marijuana in his system.

Tommy Murphy Staff Writer