Cops: Booze, pills factors in fatal Lawrenceville crash

Kampta Persaud

Kampta Persaud

SNELLVILLE -- Investigators believe a Lawrenceville man was under the influence of prescription medication and alcohol in a crash last week that killed his female passenger following a hit-and-run incident at a stoplight, police said.

Police arrested Kampta Persaud, 43, Saturday at Gwinnett Medical Center, where he was being treated for injuries suffered in the crash. His charges include serious injury by vehicle, DUI, reckless driving, hit and run, among other traffic violations.

The passenger, Lawrenceville resident Dharshanee "Volley" Beharry Nokta, 41, suffered head trauma and died Sunday, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Ed Ritter.

The chain of events started Friday afternoon, when Persaud reportedly rear-ended another vehicle with the Mazda Protege he was driving at Loganville Highway and Cooper Road stoplight.

Persaud and Nokta exited the vehicle and asked to pull into a parking lot and call 911. Persaud then sped off, and the other driver followed him, police said.

Persaud lost control of the Mazda on Webb Gin House Road near Chadwick Park Drive and struck a large brick wall. The car overturned and came to a rest on its roof, according to a police report.

An officer noticed the odor of alcohol on Persaud, who told police he'd also taken prescription painkillers, which "made him sleepy," the report states. Police secured a blood sample as evidence, but toxicology results were not known Wednesday.

Persaud remains at the Gwinnett County Jail. A probable cause hearing for him is scheduled July 19.


kevin 3 years, 1 month ago

Maybe Congress should waste a few more billion to do a study on drunk drivers! I can tell you, in over 100 accidents involving drunks, it is always the drunk who survives.


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