Prominent Special Education Lawyer Arrested for DUI Following Hit & Run

Last updated September 8, 2021 @ 8:58 AM ET

CHEROKEE COUNTY – A well-known special education lawyer was arrested after his wife called police shortly after 10 a.m. on August 4, stating her husband returned home “more drunk than he left” and had been in an accident.

When law enforcement arrived, they found Aric M. Kline calling for help in a nearby bathtub of his Woodstock home in the 300 Block of Northbrooke Lane. Kline had fallen and couldn’t get up.

Upon further investigation, deputies discovered Kline’s 2011 Acura SUV had been badly damaged. When they questioned Kline about the damage, he said he was “sitting behind Publix and thought he may have hit the corner of the building while driving around it to leave”.

When Kline was asked how much he had to drink, he responded “too much” and was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. No charges for the hit & run were filed at his time of booking.

Aric Kline is the general counsel of The Kline Law Firm, which specializes in special education law across Georgia.

Officer’s Narrative:
[Please note: The following is a direct transcription from the officer’s narrative report. We do not fix any spelling or grammatical errors. Any changes made by our staff are placed inside brackets.]

On 08/04/2021 at 10:05 a.m. I was dispatched to a hit and run call at [300 BLOCK] North Brooke Ln. The caller advised dispatch her husband had been drinking, he was driving but returned home, and had wrecked his car somewhere before returning home.

On scene I met with [VICTIM #1]. She brought me to a black 2011 Acura bearing tag number KIDLAW3. She explained her husband left earlier in the morning with no damage to his car, returned home more drunk than he left, and the car was wrecked. I observed the front bumper to be broken off, some of it stuck beneath the car, and some of it missing completely. The passenger side mirror was pushed in and had white scratches down the black paint. There were several very large white scratches from the front right side of the vehicle down to the brake lights on the right side of the vehicle.

With [VICTIM #1]’s permission, Deputy Blair and I entered the home to look for her husband Aric Kline. We could not find Aric for a minute then we heard him ask for help from the bathroom. Aric was laying in the bathtub where he had fallen, the shower curtain was pulled down as well. Deputy Blair had to assist Aric get up and walk out of the bathroom. Aric stumbled and leaned on the counters and furniture to assist him as we walked to the outside porch area.

Aric had watery blood shot eyes. The smell of an alcoholic beverage emitted from his breath. Deputy Blair asked Aric where he had been driving earlier. Aric was hesitant to answer. He stated several times, “I’m sorry. I don’t want to go to jail.” Deputy Blair and I continued to try and find out where Aric had driven. Aric said he was sitting behind Publix and thought he may have hit the corner of the building while driving around it to leave.

[VICTIM #1] asked Aric if he was sitting behind the Publix drinking and Aric nodded his head up and down, indicating yes. She continued to tell him to be truthful and cooperate with the police. We notified Sergeant Clement of Aric’s statement so he could survey the Publix area and the route Aric may have taken to get to Publix in order to find what his car hit. When Deputy Blair asked Aric how much he had drank this morning Aric replied, “too much.” Aric agreed to an evaluation of his eyes by Deputy Blair, then agreed to take other evaluations that I would administer.

Deputy Blair and I accompanied Aric in front of the patrol vehicle and began field evaluations to evaluate impairment.

I gave Aric instructions for the Walk and Turn Evaluation. I demonstrated how to perform the Walk and Turn and advised Aric he could begin if he understood the instructions. I observed 7 out of 8 clues during the Walk and Turn.

  1. Could not keep balance during instruction
  2. Started too soon
  3. Stepped off line
  4. Missed heel to toe
  5. Improper turn
  6. Wrong number of steps
  7. Stopped walking

Notes for Walk and Turn: Started the evaluation early, three times while I was giving instruction. I had to reset his stance. Aric had his hands partially inside of his pockets instead of by his side. I gave Aric instructions for the One Leg Stand Evaluation. I demonstrated how to perform the One Leg Stand and advised Aric to behind if he understood the instructions.

I observed 3 out of 4 clues during the One Leg Stand.

  1. Swayed
  2. Put foot down
  3. Used arms for balance

Notes for One Leg Stand: Aric put his foot down several times. I conducted the evaluation for 30 seconds. One of my instructions are to count out loud until I instruct you to stop. Aric did not count out loud; after the evaluation was over I asked Aric what he counted to, he stated “three.”

Aric had admitted to Deputy Blair and I he had drank alcohol before driving to Publix, then sat behind Publix drinking more alcohol, then drove home. Aric also remembered hitting something with his vehicle, stating he thought he hit the corner of the Publix building when leaving. Then Aric drove home.

According to the physical evidence, physical manifestations, and Aric’s field evaluations I decided to place Aric under arrest. I placed Aric in handcuffs, checked them for fit, and double locked them. I read Aric the Implied Consent Law for Suspects over the age of 21. Aric agreed to a voluntary state administered chemical test of his blood. I advised dispatch I would be in route to 7675 Vaughn Road with a male and the beginning mileage. I arrived at 7675 Vaughn Road and notified dispatch of my ending mileage.

Fire Station 23 administered the voluntary state administered chemical test of Aric’s blood. I advised dispatch I would be transporting a male to the Adult Detention Center (ADC) and my mileage. I arrived at the ADC and notified dispatch of my ending mileage. ADC deputies took custody of Aric. I searched the back seat for contraband and damage. I turned in all necessary paperwork to the ADC then submitted the sealed blood kit into evidence. I advised dispatch I was back in service.