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Victim, driver in fatal Decatur DUI crash dated, drank together, police say


DECATUR — A sworn police affidavit said the driver involved in a fatal collision with a female pedestrian had a dating relationship with her and had been drinking with her in the hours immediately before she was struck and killed by his vehicle.

The affidavit from Decatur police officer Lawrence Petrey said Sidney J. Flinn, 27, had been in an “on and off” dating relationship with Brittany M. Shelton, 23, for four years. Petrey said they had been drinking together at a Decatur bar late Saturday in the hours before the crash.

Petrey said Flinn and Shelton left the bar and were together again at a friend's house in the 3800 block of Greenhill Road before there was “some type of dispute” between them and Shelton had left. The affidavit does not say when she left, but subsequent police reports stated she was struck by Shelton’s pickup truck at 2:42 a.m. Saturday in the 3500 block of Greenhill Road.

“Upon arrival, officers located Brittany M., Shelton lying along the south side of the road,” Petrey said. “Brittany had no signs of life and was deceased on scene.” Tested at 4:26 a.m. Saturday, Flinn provided a breath sample that showed a an alcohol level of 0.091 percent. The legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent.

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Petrey said a police investigation showed Flinn had left the house on Greenhill “a short time later” after Shelton, and the crash happened at a high speed.

“I observed the damage to the suspect vehicle to be so severe that it completely broke the left headlight assembly out and the damage extended all the way into the engine bay, piercing the radiator and indicating a high-speed collision,” Petrey said.

“Sidney admitted to driving the truck and striking Brittany," Petrey said.

Flinn was booked on preliminary charges of aggravated driving under the influence involving death and aggravated DUI for driving while license suspended, which are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office.

Asked about the status of the investigation Tuesday, detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said the investigation was continuing, and he would not comment further.

Flinn was released the Macon County Jail after posting $40,000 bond. As a condition of his release, he has been ordered not to consume alcohol.

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Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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