GBI: Groom charged in wedding day crash that killed bride was drunk

GBI: Groom charged in wedding day crash that killed bride was drunk

The Jasper man charged Wednesday in a December wedding day crash that claimed the life of his new bride was drunk the night of the fatal wreck, results from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab indicate.

The GBI determined Ryan Quinton’s blood-alcohol level was 0.114. The legal limit in Georgia is 0.08.

Quinton, 27, and Kali Dobson, 25, married Dec. 29, 2013. After leaving their wedding reception in Ball Ground, the couple’s sports car veered off the road and rolled down an embankment, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The Pontiac Firebird overturned, ejecting Dobson, who was in the passenger seat. She died at the scene.

Quinton, who was driving, was taken to Northside Hospital-Cherokee and treated for his injuries. At the time, troopers said charges were pending.

Troopers took out warrants Monday for Quinton’s arrest on charges of DUI, first degree vehicular homicide, laying drag, reckless driving, and a failure to maintain his lane. Quinton surrendered Wednesday morning at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, according to the GSP.

He was released from the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center Wednesday night on a $25,000 bond, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

In a joint statement, Quinton’s attorneys said their client’s “arrest only compounds the anguish he has already experienced in dealing with the loss of his wife.”

Lawyers Ross D. Grisham and Scott T. Poole said Quinton’s family has been “overwhelmed by the outpouring of support they have received throughout this ordeal and ask that you continue to keep them in your thoughts.”

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