Man in 2-car wreck charged with DUI

The Standard Journal - - POLICE & FIRE - RN-T staff writer By Spencer Lahr

The 23-year-old driver of a Jeep which caused a wreck on U.S. 27 South was ar­rested on a DUI charge and a so­lic­i­ta­tion of sodomy charge af­ter telling a fire­fighter, who just ex­tri­cated him from his ve­hi­cle, to give him oral sex.

Ac­cord­ing to Rome po­lice re­ports:

Drake Alexan­der Hol­comb, of 5010 Stead­man Road, Buchan­nan, was ar­rested late Tues­day night, Dec. 26, af­ter be­ing treated at Floyd Med­i­cal Cen­ter. He was re­leased from jail Wed­nes­day around noon on a $6,500 bond.

He is charged with mis­de­meanor DUI, so­lic­i­ta­tion of sodomy, fail­ure to main­tain lane, reck­less driv­ing and driv­ing too fast for con­di­tions.

Hol­comb had been headed s out­h­bound in the fast lane on U.S. 27, ap­prox­i­mately 3,000 feet from the Dar­ling­ton Drive exit, at a high rate of speed. Jim­mie A. Cope, 54, of 996 Sixth St., Cedar­town, was driv­ing in the slow lane in a 2010 Ford F-150 just be­fore 6 p.m.

Cope had at­tempted to get into the fast lane to pass another ve­hi­cle but saw Hol­comb ap­proach­ing and got back into the slow lane. Just be­fore the rail­way over­pass, Hol­comb went onto the left shoul­der and over­cor­rected to the right, and his ve­hi­cle be­gan to yaw as it sped into the slow lane.

The front of the Jeep then slammed into the rear of the truck, which yawed as well be­fore over­turn­ing. The truck was sent slid­ing back­wards into a con­crete bar­rier on the over­pass. The truck was turned back up­right as it slid, even­tu­ally stop­ping near the me­dian.

The Jeep also hit the bar­rier, which it slid against un­til stop­ping with the driver’s side pinned against a guardrail. Rome-Floyd County fire­fight­ers had to use a winch on the side of a squad truck, which is spe­cial­ized for res­cues, to pull the Jeep away from the guardrail. They then had to saw off the driver’s side door to pull Hol­comb out.

When fire­fight­ers were able to get Hol­comb out, he told the fire­fighter twice to per­form oral sex on him. Fire­fight­ers and EMS per­son­nel smelled al­co­hol on his breath while get­ting him out.

Both ve­hi­cles sus­tained dis­abling dam­age. Cope was not taken for treat­ment.

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