A Mississippi man faces more than a dozen charges after police said he drunkenly drove a car 113 mph on I-75 in Cobb County, causing a three-vehicle crash last week.
Nicholas Demonthenes Braggs, 25, of Jackson, Miss., is accused of rapidly changing lanes, leading to a chain-reaction crash last Wednesday, Marietta police said in a news release.
Braggs was driving a Hyundai Elantra about 8:30 p.m. on I-75 North near South Marietta Parkway when he tried to pass a Lexus ES350, the release said. During the lane change, the Hyundai struck the Lexus, causing Braggs to allegedly lose control of his vehicle.
The Hyundai hit the median wall before striking a tractor-trailer, the release said. The people in the Lexus and the tractor-trailer were not seriously injured.
Braggs and the passenger in his vehicle, 25-year-old Adrian Deonta Thompson of Jackson, Miss., were taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with serious injuries, the release said. They were both released the next day, which is when they were booked into jail.
Braggs faces 13 misdemeanors, including counts of DUI, open container, driving without a license, speeding and possession of marijuana, jail records show. Thompson was also charged with open container, marijuana possession and a seat belt violation.
Braggs was released from jail later Thursday on a $4,620 bond, while Thompson was released on a $2,970 bond, jail records show.
The crash remains under investigation and additional charges are possible, police said. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police at 770-794-5352.
Days after that chain-reaction crash, police opened an investigation into another injury crash in Marietta.
About 5:30 p.m. Saturday, a 50-year-old woman accelerated her Ford Escape on Whitlock Avenue near Manning Road, leaving the road and crashing into a parked Mercedes-Benz E350, police said. The Ford then struck a parked tractor-trailer.
Investigators believe the woman had a medical episode, leading to the accident. She was taken to Kennestone with serious injuries. The other two vehicles were unoccupied.
Anyone with information about that incident is asked to contact police at 770-794-5384.
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