There was a four-car pileup at the intersection of Pio Nono and Montpelier avenues the night of Feb. 25. It was going on midnight and many of the drivers involved in the crash blamed it on the driver of a purple 1998 Volvo S-90, who was standing beside his wrecked car drinking an orange soda. The other drivers said he had rammed into them while they were stopped at a red light. A Bibb County sheriff’s report went on to note that the Volvo’s driver slurred his words when he spoke. A sheriff’s deputy asked the guy, 42, what had happened. “I sneezed and bam,” the guy said. He also said he’d been drinking, but hadn’t had any alcohol for “a couple of hours.” When the deputy asked the man if he would consider himself impaired, the man said, “Yes, I caused this accident.” The deputy asked the guy how much he’d had to drink. “Two beers,” came the answer, an all-too-common reply among the illegally inebriated. Then after mulling it over, he added, “I’m intoxicated.” A breath test confirmed the man’s admission. His blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit. He was cited for causing the wreck and charged with DUI.
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