Two in­jured, hun­dreds with­out power after Mon­day night wreck

Calhoun Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Brandi Owczarz

Ac­cord­ing to the Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol, two men were in­jured and an­other jailed on six charges after a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle wreck on Mon­day night.

Around 11 p. m. on Sept. 3, 2018, GSP re­sponded to a re­port of an ac­ci­dent on Dews Pond near Lovers Lane Road in Cal­houn. A 2007 Ford Ranger, driven by Michael Shane Ash­worth, 45, of Re­saca, was trav­el­ing west­bound on Dews Pond Road, just east of Green Meadow Lane. Ash­worth failed to main­tain his lane to the right and trav­eled off the north shoul­der of the road­way. The front of the Ford struck a drive­way cul­vert. After im­pact, the truck vaulted ap­prox­i­mately 43 feet, strik­ing a power pole with the front of the truck. After im­pact, the truck over­turned and came to an un­con­trolled rest in a tree line, fac­ing east­bound on its right side. The area of im­pact was on the north shoul­der of the road­way.

Ash­worth told au­thor­i­ties that he fell asleep and ran off the road­way. The wreck caused a power out­age that af­fected more than 700 North Ge­or­gia EMC cus­tomers.

An i nte­rior pas­sen­ger in the truck, Richard Smith, 44, of Adairsville, was taken by ground to Hamil­ton Med­i­cal with un­known in­juries. A pas­sen­ger that was rid­ing in the bed of the truck, 32- year- old Martin But­tery, of Cal­houn, was trans­ported by LifeForce to Er­langer with se­ri­ous in­juries.

Ash­worth was charged with DUI, Fail­ure to Main­tain Lane, No Proof of Insurance, Driver to Ex­er­cise Due Care, Pos­ses­sion and Use of Drug Re­lated Ob­jects, and Pur­chase or Sale of a Con­trolled Sub­stance.

Ash­worth re­mained in Gor­don County Jail at press time.

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