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Semi driver charged with DUI

ALBANY — The driver of a semi truck was charged with driving under the influence after striking a utility pole as he was turning onto Maxwell Drive Saturday morning, reports show.

An accident report provided by the Albany Police Department shows that Jay Morris, born in 1956, of Mobile, Ala., was turning off of North Monroe Street at 7:17 a.m. onto Maxwell Drive when the incident occurred. A narrative on the report written by the responding officer stated that Morris told officers he made the turn too tight and his trailer rode up onto the curb.

“After riding up onto the curb, driver 1’s (Morris’) trailer proceeded to drive over three small metal poles that protect the curb from being driven on. The trailer then struck a light pole which caused it to scrape down the side of the trailer,” the report said.

The utility pole showed signs of minor damage, mostly scratches and some chipped wood splinters. The other poles were pushed over, but were able to be pushed back up, the report says.

The report further states that “While talking to the driver, I observed the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath and person. He was later given a field sobriety test and breath test. Both tests showed positive results,” the narrative declared.

Morris was taken to the Dougherty County Jail and booked on the citations of driving under the influence in a commercial vehicle and striking a fixed object.

The owner of the tractor-trailer rig was listed on the report as Western Express of Nashville, Tenn.