The trooper was stopped in his patrol car on the southbound Downtown Connector near Freedom Parkway, helping with traffic control while a crew was sweeping the interstate.

State trooper’s cruiser hit on Downtown Connector; driver charged with DUI

A Georgia State Patrol trooper was hit Thursday morning on the Downtown Connector by an alleged DUI driver.

The trooper was stopped in his patrol car in the southbound lanes near Freedom Parkway, helping with traffic control while a crew was sweeping the interstate. He was hit by a Jeep Renegade about 2 a.m., according to the GSP.

The Jeep hit the cruiser from behind and went on to hit a concrete barrier wall on the right shoulder of the interstate head-on. The trooper’s emergency blue lights were activated at the time, a GSP spokeswoman said. 

He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Atlanta Medical Center by another trooper. The 25-year-old driver of the Jeep, Davianne Gray of Covington, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and charged with DUI.

Three passengers in the Jeep were also taken to Grady.

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