Decatur Police suspect drunk driving caused chaotic crash on Scott Boulevard
Decatur Police suspect alcohol caused a chaotic crash on Scott Boulevard Sunday evening, Oct. 13.
The accident injured two people, sending one to the hospital, and led to an arrest of one of the drivers who was suspected of driving under the influence. It also caused property damage at the homes of people living near the scene.
Police responded to the call round 8:42 p.m.
“The driver of a 2010 Land Rover Range Rover was traveling eastbound, in the outside (curb) lane, on Scott Boulevard near its intersection with Pinetree Drive,” Police Lt. Jennifer Ross said. “The driver of a 2009 Infiniti G37 was traveling eastbound, in the inside lane, on Scott Boulevard near its intersection with Pinetree Drive. The driver of the Infiniti failed to maintain his lane, striking the Land Rover in the driver’s side. The impact caused the Land Rover to leave the roadway and drive through two fences and strike multiple trees and bushes before coming to a final stop. The Infiniti came to a stop after crossing to the opposite side of the roadway and striking a power pole at the intersection of Merrill Avenue and Scott Boulevard.”
The driver of the Land Rover went to the hospital for evaluation. The injuries that driver sustained weren’t detailed in the police report. The driver of the Infinity cut one of his hands and the passenger was uninjured.
“In speaking to the driver of the Infiniti, the officer smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person and conducted a DUI investigation,” Ross said. “The driver of the Infiniti, 28-year-old Wilson Hernandez of Duluth, was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane.”
A man living in the 100 block of Scott Boulevard said the crash destroyed several trees in his yard and a resident on Pinetree Drive said the crash damaged two fences on his property. The vehicles were in no better shape and had to be towed from the scene.