VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A Lowndes County deputy tried to stop a semi-truck driver who was driving erratically near mile marker nine south of Valdosta Wednesday night.
The deputy pulled aside the semi truck in an effort to gain the driver's attention, but the truck swerved, almost striking the deputy.
The Georgia State Patrol and Florida law enforcement were radioed as the pursuit crossed into the Sunshine State. Near the 465 mile marker in Florida, the truck ran off the road and struck the guardrail, which caused the truck to stop.
The driver, Eddie Dean Woody, 66, of Taho Circle in Valrico, Florida, was arrested and taken to the Hamilton County Jail. Troopers say that Woody was driving the big rig "under the influence of prescription medication."
He was charged with DUI by Georgia troopers. Florida charges are pending.
The Georgia State Patrol says that the truck is owned by JNJ Express, Incorporated, of Memphis, TN.
Sheriff Chris Prine called the arrest "Excellent work by the deputies, and a great cooperative effort between our law enforcement partners in Florida to get this person stopped before he injured someone."
You can contact the Sheriff's Office at 229 671-2950; or anonymous tips can be provided at 229 671-2985 or on line at www.lowndessheriff.com.
Eddie Dean Woody is charged with Aggravated assault, Fleeing and attempting to elude, Failure to maintain lane, and Reckless driving.