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Robert Jackson could hardly stand up when the deputy asked him to get out of the car. Robert Jackson could hardly stand up when the deputy asked him to get out of the car.
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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

September 22, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany Housing Authority employee is in jail, accused of driving his city truck while he was so drunk he could hardly walk.

Authorities say 42-year-old Robert Jackson's breath alcohol level was three times the legal limit. And they say he ran a Lee County Sheriff's Deputy off the road.

Neighbors called 911 when they saw the Albany Housing Authority truck swerving dangerously on Grave Springs Road.  

The Lee County Sheriff's Office says Robert Jackson was driving in the wrong lane and headed right for a deputy's patrol car when she finally tracked him down. He could hardly stand up when the deputy asked him to get out of the car.

It was anything but a quiet drive through the country Sunday afternoon along Graves Springs Road. When Corporal Yvette Miller came up on what was called in as an erratic driver, she was run off the road by an Albany Housing Authority truck.

18:48:45 Parker "She had to go into the ditch to avoid a collision with him. Then it took a little while for her to get him to stop," Lee County Chief Deputy Dennis Parker. 

Inside the work truck she found an unopened six pack of Bud Light along with one can already empty, but still cool to the touch. Driver Robert Jackson's passenger Joyce Morgan told Miller the empty can was hers, and when questioned if Jackson had been drinking, he told Miller he had one or two then admitted it might have been four.

"He had trouble standing up, so she had her hands a little while until back up got there," Parker said.

Jackson refused a field sobriety test, but was tested at the jail where the Intoxilyzer registered .249, three times the legal limit of .08. Jackson was on call Sunday, now the Housing Authority is looking into just how many infractions he's made.

"There are a large number of potential infractions that were committed this weekend and we've just got to determine whether there's enough evidence to support all of those," said Albany Housing Authority Executive Director Dan McCarthy.

The Albany Housing Authority often allows employees to take work trucks home to deal with emergencies and for years they've been responsible for maintenance for the Lee County Housing Authority, but they also said the trucks usage was only to be work related and Jackson's assignment didn't include work outside of Albany.

"He was not supposed to be in Lee County," says McCarthy.

Management at the Albany Housing Authority says Jackson was hired in 2005 and in the last three years has received two promotions after showing the necessary skills to do the work. He's been suspended without pay while the investigation continues.

The Albany Housing Authority vehicle had to be towed from the scene when no one could be reached Sunday.

That vehicle was returned to the Housing Authority this morning.

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