Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader has released more information about an accident involving a car that went over the bridge on Lyerly Dam Road this week.
The sheriff said, “Early (Wednesday) morning deputies were dispatched to the bridge over the Chattooga river at Lyerly Dam when a passerby noticed a vehicle had driven through the guardrail and was partially submerged in the muddy and rain swollen river.
Deputies Alan Garmany and Nick Robinson arrived within a few minutes of being dispatched. Fearing that someone was still inside, Deputy Robinson removed his duty belt and vest and entered the water and made his way to the vehicle. He was able to clear the front and rear passenger areas of the vehicle while still in the water. Our local swift water rescue team entered the water and assisted Luallen’s wrecker service with pulling the SUV to the bank where they could check the rest of the vehicle.
Thankfully, we later found that the driver had escaped the vehicle and walked to his residence in Lyerly.
The driver was uninjured and was arrested by the Georgia State Patrol for DUI and other related charges. I would like to give a shout out to Deputy Nick Robinson and the local swift water rescue team for their quick response and entering the dark, muddy and rain swollen river for even the possibility of someone still being inside the vehicle. GREAT JOB to those involved!!!!”
Benjamin Matthew Hill of Lyerly was charged with DUI, failure to maintain a single lane, violation of the Georgia Hands Free Law and seat belt violation. The incident was investigated by the Georgia State Patrol.