Alcohol-Related Accident Sends Two to Hospital, Driver Cited and Released to Wife

Richmond Hill, GA – On January 31, 2020, a vehicle operated by William Matthews of Richmond Hill, Georgia, collided with an SUV as it turned into the wrong lane of Shelton Street from Brisbon Road, near the subdivision of Creekside in Richmond Hill.

The star indicates the approximate location of the collision.

The crash caused two of the SUV’s occupants, one adult and one child, to be transported by ambulance to the hospital. They have since been released.

After conducting an investigation, it was discovered that William Matthews was heavily intoxicated. Matthews was also driving on a suspended license from a DUI he received in October of 2018.

Richmond Hill Police cited Matthews with:

  • Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Less Safe – First Offense (40-6-391A1 1ST)
  • Driving While License Suspended or Revoked – First Offense (40-5-121 1ST)
  • Driving on the Wrong Side of Roadway (40-6-40).

He was subsequently released into the custody of his wife.

The following was copied directly from a police report filed by the Richmond Hill Police Department. Please allow for any human error that may have occurred during the transcription.

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On Friday, 1-31-2020 at 1930 hours, I responded to OFC Anderson’s location at Brisbon Road and Shelton Street in reference to an accident. On arrival, OFC Anderson and Bryan County Firefighters were on scene. In speaking with OFC Anderson, I was made aware that Driver 1 (later identified as William Matthews) appeared to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage.

In speaking with Mr. Matthews, I could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. I also observed Mr. Matthews speech to be slurred and his eyes were glossy an slightly closed as he attempted to focus on me while I was speaking.

Mr. Matthews was asked for identification and vehicle information. It was very difficult understanding Mr. Matthews at first due to his current state. Mr. Matthews voice was very muffled as he attempted to put sentences together. Mr. Matthew was advised that I was going to retrieve his wallet from his back right pocket which obtained his Georgia Driver’s License.

Once I retrieved his drivers license, I placed his wallet back inside his back right pocket. While doing this, Mr. Matthews had to be told several time to keep his hands on the vehicle, to assist him in maintaining his balance.

Due to Mr. Matthews current condition, he was read his Miranda Warning. After reading Mr. Matthews the Miranda Warning, he advised he did not wish to speak with me at this time. Mr. Matthews was then advised he would be read the Implied Consent Notice For Suspects Age 21 or Over. During the read of the Implied Consent Notice, Mr. Matthews attempted to walk off.

After reading the Implied Consent Notice, Mr. Matthews agreed to provide a sample of his blood. Mr. Matthews then recanted his agreement to provide a sample of his blood prior to the testing.

Due to Mr. Matthews unsteadiness on his feet and complaints of his discomfort in his neck and back area, from the accident, a Standardizes Field Sobriety Test was not performed while on scene.

Mr. Matthews was advised that he was being placed under arrest for driving under the influence-less safe. Mr. Matthews taken into custody with his wrists bound with department issued handcuffs that were checked for fit and double-locked, searched and placed in the rear of OFC Anderson’s patrol unit. Mr. Matthews was also evaluated by Bryan County EMS. However, Mr. Matthews refused transportation to a medical facility while on scene.

Upon entering Mr. Matthews information into GCIC/NCIC as with Dispatch, I was immediately alerted and advised that Mr. Matthews Georgia Driver’s License was suspended for DUI, First with a Violation Date: 10/1812018, Suspension Date: 10/09/2019 and no Serve Date.

I then proceeded to [REDACTED] to make contact with [REDACTED] (wife). Mrs. [REDACTED] was advised on Mr. Matthews situation. Mrs. [REDACTED] was also advised due to Mr. Matthews being in an accident that he would be cited and released into he care. Mrs. Matthews signed a completed Responsibility for Intoxicated Subject document.

OFC Anderson was advised to proceed to my location. Once he arrived, Mr. Matthews was cited for: DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE-LESS SAFE-ALCOHOL 1ST OFFENSE (40-6-391A1 1ST); DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED OR REVOKED 1ST (40-5-121 1ST); DRIVING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF ROADWAY (40-6-40) and given a court date of 3-10-2020 at 2:00 PM. Mr. Matthews was then released to his wife without further incident. Mr. Matthews’ vehicle was removed from the scene by Sapp’s Towing. N/F

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