By Patrick Yost
A Marietta man faces a host of traffic charges, including endangering a minor and possession of drugs after a vehicle he was allegedly driving struck a guardrail on Interstate 20 on Thursday, July 18 at 4:20 p.m.
According to Madison Police Department reports, Brandon Allen Gay, 36, was arrested after officers arrived to find a 2019 Impala disabled after it struck the guardrail near the 113 mile marker on Interstate 20.
The vehicle had rotated and was facing in the opposite direction of travel when the officer arrived. It also sustained heavy damage, including the rear driver’s side door nearly sheered off next to where a 6-week-old female child had been seated.
Reports state that eye witnesses who stopped to speak with officers accused Gay of aggressive and erratic driving, including speeding and tailgating other drivers.
While talking with Gay, reports state, an officer reported allegedly smelled alcohol coming from Gay’s person. He also located a nearly empty can 23.5 ounce can of Four Loko Gold in the front passenger seat compartment of the vehicle. When the officer was patting down Gay for possible weapons, reports state, he located a used syringe of suspected heroin in Gay’s pocket. The syringe was removed and placed into evidence for testing.
A woman in the vehicle and the infant’s mother, Colleen P. Harrington, 36, Marietta was also found to be wanted out of Cobb County. Harrington was detained. The child was released to it’s 19-year-old sister. A male juvenile was also in the vehicle.
Gay was charged with DUI refusal, DUI endangerment of a child under 14-years-old, possession of open container, possession of drug objects, possession of drugs, reckless driving, driving too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane, no license on person and aggressive driving.