Drunk Driver Crashes into Utility Pole

LaGrange Police have arrested an alleged drunk driver, who reportedly crashed into and snapped a utility pole over the weekend.

Saturday morning about 2:35 a.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to Broad Street in reference to an accident involving a vehicle that struck a utility pole.

Officers arrived and determined that the driver had attempted to negotiate a curve too quickly and was unable to stay on the roadway. The vehicle traveled through some grass and ultimately came to a atop after striking a telephone poll. The crash caused extensive damage to both the vehicle and the pole.

While inspecting the vehicle, officers observed the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the cab, so police began to investigate a possible DUI after ensuring the driver and passenger were okay.

The driver, David Allen Cobb, stated that they had come from a local business where they had been for several hours. Cobb had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath as he spoke with police.

Cobb told police that another vehicle was approaching their vehicle from the opposite direction and came into his lane of traffic, so he had to swerve to the right to miss the vehicle. He stated he lost control of the vehicle after it left the roadway and he struck the pole.

Police say that evidence on the roadway contradicted Cobb’s statements. The roadway marks showed that the vehicle was drifting as it went around the curve and never made an evasive maneuver to the right.

Cobb later took several roadside sobriety tests which indicated he was unsafe to drive. Cobb took a portable breath which also tested positive for alcohol.

As a result, Cobb, age 30, was arrested and transported to Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he submitted to a state administered breath test with results of .187 and .182 BAC, more than twice the legal limit.

Cobb was later booked into Troup County Jail and charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Striking a Fixture.