NWGA Scanner | May 4th, 2021

Calhoun man charged with DUI after causing crash that injured several people in Floyd County

According to a Georgia State Patrol crash report, on Monday, April 19th, 2021, at around 3:40 PM, a 2011 Kia Soul being driven by Jimmy Ray Dougherty, 53 of Calhoun, was traveling in the right southbound lane of GA-1 (Hwy 27) near Hidden Branches Way in Armuchee. 2017 Honda Ridgeline, being driven by Wayne Smoot, 80, of Rome, was traveling in the right southbound lane of GA 1, in front of Dougherty. According to the report, Dougherty was driving under the influence and following too close, causing the front of his Kia to strike the rear of the Honda. After impact, the Honda began to rotate clockwise, causing the Honda to travel off the west shoulder of the roadway. After leaving the roadway, the Honda continued traveling south while rotating, causing the driver side to strike a curb. After impact with the curb, the Honda rolled onto its driver side and onto its top while continuing to rotate. While overturning, the Honda struck a stop sign on the private property of 3297 Martha Berry Hwy. The Honda continued to roll while rotating, causing the Honda to come to final rest upright, facing east. After the initial impact, the Kia continued traveling south, causing the Kia to travel off the west shoulder of the roadway. After leaving the roadway, the Kia struck the west ditch where it came to its final rest. Wayne Smoot and 69-year-old passenger Elizabeth Smoot were both injured in the crash. Dougherty was also injured in the crash and transported Redmond EMS to Floyd Medical in Rome. Dougherty was later booked into the Floyd County Jail by the investigating trooper charged with DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol and following too closely.