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April 25, 2013

More charges for package store crash culprit

MILLEDGEVILLE — A 72-year-old man, Theodore Brantley, was arrested for second offense driving under the influence after crashing his vehicle into Elm City Package Store Saturday, April 14. 

After further investigation into criminal suspicions, the Milledgeville Police Department added charges of operating an unsafe vehicle and causing serious injury with a vehicle to Brantley's rap sheet. More charges are pending further investigation, according to MPD.

At approximately 11:01 p.m. April 14, officers were dispatched to Elm City Package, located at 1557 Vinson Highway. A caller dialed 911 frantically reporting a vehicle had crashed into the business, striking a patron. The victim struck by the vehicle was transported to the Medical Center in Macon due to the nature of his injuries. 

Brantley was identified as the driver of the vehicle. He informed the officer that while he was parked at the liquor store, he pressed on the gas but the pedal became stuck, accelerating the vehicle and causing it to crash into the building.  

While speaking with Brantley, the police officer detected the presence of alcohol. When asked if he had consumed any alcoholic beverages, the police report stated that Brantley said that he had one drink about an hour prior to the incident.

A field sobriety test and the roadside Alco-senor test followed. The 72-year-old showed indications that he was under the influence and blew a .104 on the roadside Alco-senor. 

Brantley was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence. Once at the city jail, state breath test results on the Intoxilyzer 5000 yielded a .094 and .104.

Throughout the last week, MPD investigators spent many hours conducting interviews to determine if this incident was an accident per Brantley's explanation or a purposely-committed crime. Currently, police have the vehicle under investigative hold to prove or disprove the accelerator issue.

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