clear
Wednesday May 6th, 2015 2:26AM

Man falls, allegedly leaving broken down vehicle

By Derreck Booth Anchor/reporter
OAKWOOD - Gainesville Police said they expect to file charges after a bizarre incident just off of Interstate 985 in Oakwood early Thursday morning.

Gainesville Police Corporal Kevin Holbrook said it started before 5:00 a.m. with a broken down vehicle at the exit 17, Atlanta Highway, off ramp from the southbound side of the interstate.

Investigators believe a male driver had mechanical trouble and abandoned his vehicle on the off-ramp without its lights on.

Holbrook said another vehicle took the same ramp and collided with the abandoned vehicle. That driver got out to investigate and heard cries for help.

The second driver, also male, found the first driver who had fallen down a 30 to 60-foot retaining wall, according to Holbrook. The second driver then called authorities.

Holbrook said the Gainesville Fire Department and police responded.

"They did have to use large ladder trucks as well as their personnel to conduct a high-angle rescue to get the individual back up to the top of the roadway so he could be transported for treatment."

Police have not released the names of either driver, but expect to file charges against the first driver, the man who fell.

"It appears that he was leaving the unattended vehicle because he was intoxicated and/or impaired, and we believe that did lead to him falling off that retaining wall," Holbrook said.

The rescue led to traffic delays in the area for a couple of hours.
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 4 months ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 4 months ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 4 months ago )
Local/State News
Demorest probe 'largely ruled out computer errors or external thefts'
The results of an independent investigation into the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars from the City of Demorest soon will be presented to city, county and state officials.
11:03PM ( 3 hours ago )
Body located on Britt Whitmire Road in Hall County
Hall County authorities are investigating after a body was located Tuesday night in north Hall.
10:32PM ( 3 hours ago )
Dozens turn out to Gainesville City Council meeting to voice opposition for at-large voting
Dozens of people showed up at Tuesday night's Gainesville City Council meeting to voice their opinions in opposition to the city's at-large voting system.
7:13PM ( 7 hours ago )
Dump truck driver in Gainesville wreck identified
Georgia State Patrol troppers have identified the male dump truck driver in serious condition after his truck overturned on Queen City Parkway Tuesday morning.
5:56PM ( 8 hours ago )
Hall Co. authorities search for woman missing since March
The Hall County Sheriff's Office is looking for a woman missing since March of this year.
4:46PM ( 9 hours ago )