Dacula teen charged with DUI for wreck that seriously injured 3 passengers

Michael Scarbrough

A 17-year-old Dacula resident has been charged with driving under the influence, serious injury by vehicle, driving with an open container of alcohol and several other offenses after allegedly causing a wreck that critically injured three of his passengers.

Michael Scarbrough was arrested Oct. 8 after crashing his car on Hamilton Mill Road at Tuggle Road in Buford shortly before midnight Oct. 7.

According to a Gwinnett County Police Department accident report, Scarbrough was driving north on Hamilton Mill Road and was “attempting to navigate a westbound curve in the road” after allegedly passing “multiple vehicles” over a double yellow line when he lost control of his vehicle and went into a group of trees.

“(One of) the passengers was trapped in the vehicle and extricated by Gwinnett fire personnel,” the report said. “The other two passengers in the vehicle sustained serious injuries and all passengers were transported to Gwinnett Medical Center with serious injuries.”

Scarbrough suffered “superficial injuries,” the report said, and was not transported to the hospital.

Police determined Scarbrough to be under the influence of alcohol, the report said, and both alcohol and speed were deemed factors in the wreck.

As of Tuesday night, police did not have an update on the passengers’ conditions — a 19-year-old man and two 19-year-old women.

Scarbrough was released on bond Oct. 9.

The Gwinnett County Police Department’s Accident Investigation Unit will continue to investigate.

Crime Reporter

Isabel is a crime and health reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. She graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a B.A. in international studies. She is originally from the Boston area.

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