Dara Rappe (left) was arrested on a DUI charge for the third time after allegedly hitting and injuring Atlanta police Officer William Goss (right).
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

DUI suspect granted bond after allegedly hitting, injuring Atlanta officer 

A woman facing her third DUI charge after allegedly hitting a police officer’s car in northwest Atlanta — breaking several of the officer’s bones — has been released from jail on bond, records show.

Dara Rappe, 30, was released from the Fulton County jail Monday on a $41,450 bond, jail records show. She allegedly rear-ended a Ford SUV at the intersection of Northside Drive and Woodward Way about 1:45 a.m. April 28, AJC.com previously reported.

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The wreck sent the SUV into a guard rail, seriously injuring 20-year veteran Atlanta police officer William Goss, who was working an off-duty neighborhood patrol at the time. The 40-year-old suffered two broken legs and a broken arm in the crash.

This is a picture of the wreckage after the April incident.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Rappe has two prior DUI arrests in Doraville and Gwinnett County, which both ended in crashes. Her Doraville arrest happened in September 2013, while the Gwinnett incident was in February 2014. Rappe completed an alcohol awareness course in 2017 as part of her probation.

In connection with the April incident, she was charged with two felony counts of serious injury by vehicle in addition to misdemeanor counts of DUI, reckless driving, following too closely and driving too fast for conditions, jail records show. 

Fulton County court records show her arraignment took place Friday, three days before her release.

Shortly after the wreck, Goss’ family said he’ll need several months of rehabilitation. A GoFundMe page that was created to help the officer support his family had raised $11,370 as of Tuesday afternoon. The page, created by his 21-year-old daughter Monica Gross, alleges that Rappe was texting before the crash. 

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