Drunk driver leads to repairs of pedestrian bridge

SUWANEE — Minor repairs — necessitated by an alleged drunk driver — wrapped up Monday on the wooden bridge connecting the Suwanee Greenway to nearby Town Center Park.

The majority of the repairs to the bridge, which runs along Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road as it approaches Buford Highway, were taken care of last week in order to open the (meant-to-be) pedestrian bridge for the weekend, but city of Suwanee officials said the final touches were made Monday. City spokeswoman Lynne DeWilde said “several boards that are part of the railing,” as well as a beam below the boardwalk, had to be replaced following one teen’s ill-advised decision.

According to an incident report from Suwanee police, 18-year-old Ethan Day was caught red-handed trying to drive his pickup truck down the bridge as the clock approached 1:45 a.m. on Aug. 6. An officer driving back reportedly put his spotlight on the truck and waited for Day to back up and pull onto Martins Farm Road before initiating a traffic stop.

Day reportedly admitted drinking “more than I should and be driving” and blew 0.130 and 0.143 on a pair of breath tests. The legal limit for blood-alcohol content behind the wheel in 0.08.

Day was charged with driving under the influence, operating a vehicle in a restricted area of a city park and violation of license restrictions.