Saturday, July 11, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - A Monroe man was indicted Thursday in connection with a car crash that left his passenger with serious brain injuries, police said.
James Wesley Lee Jr., 38, is charged with driving under the influence, speeding, reckless driving and serious injury by vehicle in the April 21 crash that caused "organic brain damage" to 21-year-old Kevin Bailey of Buford that "renders the body or any member thereof useless."
According to police, Lee was driving a 2002 Chevy Silverado northbound on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road just after 1 a.m. when he lost control of the truck, flipping several times before coming to rest against a utility pole.
Both men were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center, where Lee, who only suffered minor injuries, reportedly told police he "was driving too fast and had too much to drink."
A police report said Lee was issued a citation for DUI, but it is unclear whether he was taken into custody. Jail records show he is not being held at the Gwinnett County Jail and the arrest warrant classifies Lee as a "fugitive from justice."
At press time, it was unclear whether Bailey is still at GMC or what his condition is.