Two young soldiers stationed at Ft. Stewart -- aged 19 and 20 -- have been arrested and accused of driving under the influence after the vehicle they were in drove into a house. The car was initially driven by the 19-year-old, who police say fled the scene to a nearby residence. The 20-year-old was a passenger, but police say he tried to drive the car out of the home and failed.
Because both young men either drove or attempted to drive the car, police chose to arrest both of them on DUI allegations. According to police, the 19-year-old was the driver at fault for the accident and the 20-year-old attempted to operate the vehicle while drunk.
Even though the car could not be driven away from the scene because of damage to the front wheel, the young military service member was still charged. Authorities booked them at Liberty County Jail in Hinesville. They have since been released.
A resident of the neighborhood where the accident happened said he was driving behind the men at the time of the accident. He saw the car veer off the road, into a lawn, strike a mailbox and drive into a home. He said the incident shocked him, and he assumed that the driver must have fallen asleep at the wheel or was intoxicated.
Fortunately, no one was injured as a result of this crash. The homeowner was in bed when the accident happened. She thought an airplane had hit her home as the entire residence shook.
Military service members accused of drunk driving will have the right to a criminal defense. Their cases, however, may need to be handled in a special way. Not only could they face charges in county court, but they could also face additional legal proceedings through the military court system.
Source: Coastal Courier, "Two Fort Stewart soldiers arrested for driving into Wallthourville home," Lewis Levine, Jan. 22, 2018