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June 10, 2014

2 wrecks investigated

MOULTRIE — MOULTRIE — Two drivers face DUI charges in separate weekend single-car wrecks that sent one of to the hospital with neck and back pain.

Shortly before 8 p.m. on Saturday, Craig Lamar Debruce drove a 1999 Dodge Ram into a utility pole, Moultrie Police Department reports said.

Police said that Debruce swerved sharply to the right while driving north on the highway, causing the truck to slip and hit the utility pole.

A witness told police that Debruce swerved into the ditch and back into the roadway multiple times before the accident.

Debruce, 48, 4000 Old Doerun Road, was taken to Colquitt Regional Medical Center with complaints of back and neck pain, police said.

A hospital spokeswoman said that he had been released from the hospital.

He was charged with driving under the influence, driving with suspended license and failure to maintain lane.

Police reports said that Debruce smelled strongly of alcohol and that his speech was slurred. A blood sample was taken at the hospital.

On Friday at about 7:20 a.m., police investigated an accident in which Hayley Suzanne Owens reported losing control of her 2010 Toyota Yaris after swerving to miss a small animal in the roadway. She told police that she was driving north on South Main Street at the time.

After leaving the road the car struck a large pot hole and sever drain, police said. Officers who spoke with Owens noted that she smelled of alcohol.

Owens, 24, 1308 11th St. S.W., was not injured. She was charged with driving under the influence (test refusal) and failure to maintain lane.

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