Flipped-truck driver booked for DUI

DULUTH - Firefighters rescued a drunken driver Saturday night who flipped his truck upside-down in a pond off Ga. Highway 120, officials said.

The unidentified man smashed through a utility pole before coming to rest in a four-foot-deep pond near Bugle Drive in Duluth about 8:30 p.m. Firefighters found the man still inside the vehicle on arrival and had to assist him out, Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said.

The impact brought down the utility pole as well as live electrical wires, temporarily cutting power to several homes in the area, Rutledge said. The incident closed Ga. 120 in both directions.

The driver was evaluated and released at the scene by paramedics to Gwinnett police, who arrested him on DUI charges, Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said.

Candle the culprit in duplex fire

LAWRENCEVILLE - An unattended candle sparked a fire that heavily damaged a Lawrenceville duplex in the 3000 block of Ferrite Loop on Saturday evening, officials said.

The Red Cross is assisting two families displaced from their units by the fire. All occupants escaped the 7:20 p.m. blaze unharmed, Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said.