Christopher Paul Johnson’s mug shot from 2018.
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff’s Office
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff’s Office

Man indicted on charges of driving drunk, causing serious Marietta crash

A man is facing new charges after authorities accused him of driving drunk with his 5-year-old daughter in the car and causing a 2018 crash, court records show.

Christopher Paul Johnson was arrested on four misdemeanor charges after the April 28 crash, but his indictment Monday increased his legal troubles. He is now accused of eight charges, including four felonies.

The incident happened at night along Delk Road near Bentley Road when Johnson failed to yield while making a left turn, according to Marietta police arrest warrants. Johnson’s 2006 GMC Envoy collided with an oncoming motorcycle.

The crash sent a front-seat passenger in the SUV and the motorcyclist to the hospital with serious injuries, the warrants said. Johnson’s daughter was in the back seat and was not injured.

When Johnson went to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, doctors said he smelled of alcohol and he failed a subsequent blood-alcohol test, the warrants said. Officers also found an open can of Michelob Light beer that was partially empty inside his car.

He was later released from the Cobb County jail on a $6,000 bond, according to county records. He has not been arrested on the new charges.

The eight charges in his indictment are two counts of serious injury by vehicle, two counts of endangering a child by DUI, two counts of DUI, one count of open container and one count of failure to yield.

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