Teenager in critical condition after DUI

Cpl. Jeromy Roberts
Cpl. Jeromy Roberts
Dr. Arch McNeill
Dr. Arch McNeill

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - A Thomas County teenager remains in critical condition Monday night after a weekend car crash that investigators say was alcohol related.

19-year old Jacob O'Hern is charged with DUI following a one car crash Saturday night.

It happened on the first weekend of "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

O'Hern was heading east on Pavo Road in Thomas County just before Midnight on Saturday, when his car ran into a ditch.

"The vehicle traveled on the shoulder of the road, struck an embankment and vaulted. And when it vaulted it landed on the front of the vehicle causing it to overturn. The vehicle came to rest on it's left side, in the road way," said GSP Cpl. Jeromy Roberts.

Archbold Emergency Room Physician Dr. Arch McNeill says alcohol affects your judgement and desire to take risks. "You may feel like driving 80 miles an hour down the road in the dark on a curvy road is no longer a problem because you feel more comfortable. You're less risk adverse."

And McNeill says while drinking and driving is a dangerous combination for anyone, it's a lot worse for young people. "They're not used to being intoxicated number one and number two they are not as experienced in driving so it's a double problem for the younger generation."

Between now and Labor Day weekend, law enforcers across the country are participating in the "Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

"Driving under the influence is a huge issue in all of the counties we work. We're aggressive. We look for it. We ask the hard questions and when we find the answers to those questions, we take them to jail," said Roberts.

McNeill says at least half of all the car related incidents he sees, are alcohol related.

O'Hern remains in the ICU at Archbold Memorial Hospital with severe head and spinal injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt.

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