Deputy injured in crash; driver suspected of DUI

Updated Nov 18, 2017
Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office
A Forsyth County Sheriff's Office deputy  was injured early Saturday when a vehicle driven by a suspected DUI driver crashed into his parked patrol car on Ga. 400.

A Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office deputy was injured early Saturday when a driver suspected of DUI hit the deputy’s marked cruiser on Ga. 400, the sheriff’s office said.

Rod Reeves (Credit: Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputy First Class Rod Reeves was on traffic duty and parked on the shoulder of the northbound lanes near Majors Road when a 2005 Ford Explorer hit the rear of Reeves’ patrol car shortly after 1:30 a.m., according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Reeves suffered “very serious and significant injuries,” according to the release, but his injuries are not considered life threatening. Reeves was taken to a hospital.

The driver of the Explorer was identified by authorities as 27-year-old Aaron Riley Russell. No address  was given.

Russell was driving with a revoked license as a habitual violator, according to the release. He also was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“He will be charged with DUI,” sheriff’s spokesman Doug Rainwater said, noting that the crash is under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol.

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