A Commerce man faces a driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol charge after leaving a path of damaged vehicles and run-over mailboxes in his wake.
According to the Commerce Police Department incident report, officers were summoned to Huntington Lane, where it had been reported that a “big pickup truck” clipped several vehicles and ran over a number of mailboxes.
The vehicle was not at the scene, but officers began looking for a truck with front-end damage, and an officer later discovered it abandoned by the side of Hospital Road. During their search, they noted a number of places where the vehicle had apparently gone off the roadway.
The driver was not present, but a witness told police he’d seen a white male stumbling along the road, headed into town.
Later, an officer spotted the man at an Andy Street residence, and upon approaching him, noted the smell of alcohol.
Andrew James Wilkes, 37, 343 Cabin Creek Road, Commerce, told the officer he’d been at a friend’s house but left because someone there “wanted to cause trouble.”
The officer asked him how much he’d had to drink; the report said Wilkes responded that he did not know. The officer noted that Wilkes’ speech was slurred.
After summoning the Georgia State Patrol to assist and administering a field sobriety test, police charged Wilkes with DUI.