The accident occurred at 12:21 a.m. and injured three motorists, two of whom required medical attention.
According to GSP Trooper J.T. McMillan, the accident resulted when a 1999 Ford F-350 Dooley driven by Eric Ogletree allegedly made an illegal turn in front of the 2002 Ford Ranger being driven by 30-year-old Tomeka Leaks.
“She (Leaks) was traveling southbound (on North Expressway) and the truck Ogletree was driving was turning left off of Georgia 3 onto Vineyard Road,” McMillan said. “The driver of the truck, his name is Eric Ogletree, he’s 18 years old, and he turned into the path of the Ford Ranger. I don’t even think she was able to brake. She struck the rear passenger side of the Ford F-350 Dooley.”
The force of the impact drove both vehicles off of North Expressway, McMillan said.
“They spun out of control before finally coming to a final rest in the eastbound lane of Vineyard Road, right at the Hot Spot,” he said.
All three occupants of the Ford Ranger were injured in the incident.
Leaks and one adult passenger, Misty Martin, were transported by ambulance to the emergency room of Spalding Regional Medical Center.
“There was also a 2-year-old child in Miss Leaks’ truck - Amirjashar - who was sitting in the middle seat of the truck, unrestrained,” McMillan said. “He’s going to have a head injury. The driver (Leaks) will be charged with a child restraint violation.”
Authorities say the accident was the result of drunken driving.
“Ogletree is under arrest for DUI under 21 and failure to yield while turning left,” McMillan said.
In addition to Ogletree, his passenger, 20-year-old Shonic Feay, was arrested by the deputies at the scene.
“She (Feay) was walking over toward the patrol car, attempting to make contact with the subject in custody, to give him a cigarette,” said Cpl. Gene Clark of the SCSO. “Deputy Mabry, he told the female several times not to go toward the car. She started pushing him and that’s when she was told she was under arrest for obstruction. She then refused to put her hands behind her back. After being warned several times that I would Tase her, she continued to refuse to comply. That is when I deployed the Taser.”
Deputies were at this time able to take Feay into custody, handcuffing her and placing her in the back of a patrol car.
Along with Ogletree, Feay was subsequently transported to the Spalding County Jail, where she was charged with misdemeanor obstruction of a law enforcement officer.