A Gwinnett County officer was arrested and charged with DUI last week following a 3 car motor vehicle accident. The Gwinnett Sheriff's Deputy, Douglas Mattox, who has been with the County since 2008, was driving a Gwinnett County vehicle early Thursday when he rear ended a vehicle which caused a chain reaction. One of the drivers reported injuries. A state trooper from the Georgia State Patrol responded to the accident which occured in Walton County on Highway 10. The responding Trooper questioned Officer Mattox and suspected him of DUI according to reports. The Trooper requested that Officer Mattox submit to a blood test for drugs and Officer Mattox consented. The results of such blood work are pending. According to sources, the trooper suspected Mattox of driving under the influence of prescription drugs. Officer Mattox was booked into the jail and released on bond a few hours later. On Friday, he resigned from his position with Gwinnett County.
DUI offenses for driving under the influence of prescription drugs are becoming more and more common. This is troubling as many drivers in the Atlanta area are taking a medication for one ailment or another. Many Atlanta drivers would likely have something in their bloodwork which a DUI officer could later state made them a less safe driver than if they had not taken the medication.
Atlanta DUI attorney Richard Lawson fights for his clients. He has gotten great results in the Atlanta metro area for clients who have been charged with DUI and DUI-drug offenses. His office maintains a 24 hour line, so call him now for a free case consultation. Remember that all cases can be fought and won. You owe it to yourself to get the best possible outcome on your DUI case.