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DECATUR — A 71-year-old Forsyth man was jailed on preliminary driving under the influence and aggravated battery charges early Tuesday after he crashed his car in Decatur and then punched an emergency medical technician, according to police.

Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland with the Decatur police said the driver was arrested on one count of aggravated DUI and two additional DUI counts. Copeland said this would be the driver’s third DUI offense. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Police were called to the intersection of West Pershing Road and North Oakland Avenue just after midnight following reports of a single-vehicle crash.

“The driver was found in the driver’s seat, and he was determined to be intoxicated,” Copeland said. “He had made some suicidal statements, and and it was decided to take him to hospital, when he ended up punching one of the Decatur Ambulance Service EMTs in the face.” Copeland said the 29-year-old male EMT was not hurt seriously.

The driver was checked over at Decatur Memorial Hospital and later transferred to the Macon County Jail.


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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