MAROA — A Maroa man with four driving under the influence convictions on his record now faces a fifth DUI charge after his car ended up crashed in a ditch early Wednesday, police said.
The 30-year-old man was booked on preliminary charges of aggravated DUI, DUI, driving while revoked and obstruction of justice, which are subject to review by the State’s Attorney’s Office.
A sworn affidavit from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office accuses the man of lying to police about who was driving the car, which had skidded off the road and hit a pole about 2 a.m. in the area of Lakefort Road and Bearsdale Road near Maroa.
A second man, age 27, who was hospitalized with minor injuries, had been sitting in the driver’s seat when police arrived. But interviewed later, police said, he admitted the older man had been driving and had lost control on loose gravel.
Interviewed at his Maroa home at 4:20 a.m., the affidavit quotes the older man as admitting to police he was the driver. “While speaking with (him) ... I observed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage, red eyes, watery pupils and slurred speech,” a deputy said in the affidavit.
The man remained in the Macon County Jail on Thursday night in lieu of posting $20,000 bond. If he makes bail, he is ordered not to drink alcohol.