Wednesday, September 5, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Suwanee teen will face charges in a Sept. 1 wrong-way car wreck during which she was allegedly under the influence of alcohol.
Brittany Dutka, 18, will be charged after being released from the hospital. According to a Gwinnett County police report, alcohol is believed a factor in the crash that happened at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday when Dutka was driving on the wrong side of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Sugar Hill.
Police said the teen was driving south in the northbound lanes near Commerce Parkway. After "nearly striking other vehicles in the northbound lanes of travel, (Dutka) struck" the victim vehicle head-on.
Both drivers were transported to Gwinnett Medical Center.
The victim, a 43-year-old Buford woman, was believed at the scene to have life-threatening injuries. An update on her status was no immediately available Wednesday.
Dutka was originally listed as having serious injuries. Police have issued warrants for driving under the influence, reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, serious injury by motor vehicle and violation of a Class D driver's license.
Gwinnett County jail records showed Dutka had not been booked as of Wednesday evening.
Metro Atlanta has seen a spate of wrong-way crashes in recent weeks. Three people died in two separate August accidents on Ga. Highway 400. Two more died last week during a wrong-way crash on Interstate 85 in Fulton County.
A woman allegedly high on the narcotic propofol caused a crash that injured five teens on Ga. Highway 316 last week as well.