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DUI driver slams into squad car

Jonathan Aaron Gambrell

Jonathan Aaron Gambrell

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Jonathan Aaron Gambrell evidently wanted his third DUI arrest to go off with a bang. Actually, make that a crash.

Gambrell, 31, was arrested by Lawrenceville police following an incident late Saturday and charged with driving under the influence, two counts of aggravated assault, interference with government property and a number of other traffic violations, including driving on a suspended license. According to arrest reports, Gambrell slammed his pickup truck into the squad car of a responding officer.

Twice.

After reportedly watching Gambrell's Nissan Frontier swerve and nearly hit a curb at about 11:30 p.m., the officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop near the intersection Ga. Highway 120 and Honeysuckle Circle.

"Instead of pulling out of the roadway," the officer wrote in his report, "the vehicle pulled directly into the intersection, blocking the roadway and came to a stop."

He then slammed on the gas.

"Mr. Gambrell backed his truck directly into the front of my patrol car at a high rate of speed," the report said. "Mr. Gambrell then pulled forward, away from my car and put his vehicle into reverse again. I attempted to put my car in reverse, but Mr. Gambrell again slammed his vehicle into my patrol car where it became lodged under my push bumper."

The original officer and a second unit then got out of their cars and drew their weapons. Gambrell "did not immediately comply," police said, but eventually emerged from his vehicle and was taken to the ground.

"Mr. Gambrell could not stand on his feet because of his extreme intoxication and was placed on my patrol car in order to be searched incident to arrest," according to the report. "...I could not conduct standardized field sobriety evaluations on the driver because he was unable to stand steadily on his own, as well as his already noncompliant demeanor."

Gambrell reportedly agreed to a breathalyzer test but refused to take one once at the Lawrenceville police department.

Jail records show Sunday's arrest was the fifth for Gambrell in Gwinnett, all driving related. The Lawrenceville resident also was charged with DUI in 2005 and 2006.

He is being held without bond.

Comments

Haughton 1 year, 4 months ago

This makes his 3rd DUI arrest in 8 years. Disgusting...

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wenmelt 1 year, 4 months ago

Why is he still driving after the 2nd DUI? The laws are to slack for repeat offenders. Maybe this time he will never drive again!!

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Motor76 1 year, 4 months ago

Oh he'll drive again...Just cause you have no license...Well, just ask any illegal alien.

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Mack711 1 year, 4 months ago

This is a good exapmle that criminals do not respect the law or anything else for that matter,illegal or otherwise.

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