A Covington Police Officer was rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver last week.
The accident occurred on U.S. Highway 278 at approximately 1:45 a.m. Friday, May 25. Officer Bob Yarbrough was backing up another officer on a traffic stop when a vehicle driven by 37-year-old Conson Wilson Starr struck the car and drug it roughly 40-feet.
Starr was transported to Rockdale Medical Center and was treated and released to the Newton County Detention Center, charged with following too closely and DUI by Georgia State Patrol troopers. He reportedly told officers on the scene that he "had been drinking and was intoxicated."
According to Covington Police Captain Ken Malcom, the patrol vehicle is a total loss.
"The impact was extensive, we are very fortunate that Officer Yarbrough was not severely injured."
Video from the two stopped patrol vehicles on the scene show that both had their blue flashing lights on for about a minute before the impact occurred and they were positioned in an area that made them highly visible to other vehicles.