NWGA Scanner | June 2nd, 2022

Rome man charged with DUI, vehicular homicide in head-on crash that killed Summerville woman in Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police Department crash and incident report, on April 22nd, 2022, Joseph Patrick Hale, 50, of Rome, was driving a black Hyundai Genesis northbound on U.S. 27 in Armuchee when he crossed over three lanes of traffic to strike a Ford Escape heading southbound. The driver of the Ford Escape, Lou Anne Loggins, 63, of Summerville, was killed in the head-on crash. Both Hale and a passenger in the Genesis, Kenneth Thacker, of Silver Creek, were also injured and taken by EMS Atrium Health Floyd with non-life-threatening injuries. Hale was arrested and booked into the Floyd County Jail on Tuesday. According to warrants, A blood test showed that Hale had opiates and cannabis in his system at the time of the crash. Hale was booked into the jail, charged with felony first-degree homicide by vehicle as well as serious injury by vehicle, driving under the influence of drugs, operation of an unregistered vehicle, concealing the identity of a vehicle, failure to maintain a lane, and driving without insurance. According to the report, Hale had no insurance on the Genesis, and the tag on the car was registered to a completely different vehicle. According to the Floyd County Jail, Hale currently remains in jail on $20,000 bond.

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