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Police: Drunk driver admits to striking young girl, Englewood Drive house

Woman tells her story of DUI arrest to prevent others from drinking and driving

Rochelle Fischer is shares her story about the night she got busted for a DUI in Bellingham, hoping others will learn from her mistake.
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Rochelle Fischer is shares her story about the night she got busted for a DUI in Bellingham, hoping others will learn from her mistake.

Columbus Police said an intoxicated driver admitted Friday to crashing into a 14-year-old girl and the Englewood Drive house where she resides, according to a report.

Jonathan D. Carr, the 24-year-old suspect, was charged with driving under the influence, serious injury by motor vehicle, running a stop sign, striking a fixed object, failure to maintain lane and no proof of insurance. He was released from the Muscogee County Jail on bonds totaling $16,925 in bonds.

The DUI, serious injury by motor vehicle and no proof of insurance charges were bound over to Superior Court, while the striking a fixed object and failure to maintain charges were bound to State Court.

Officials responded to the wreck around 11:40 p.m. Friday and rushed the teen to Midtown Medical Center. She is undergoing treatment for a serious foot injury, according to a report.

Medics also treated the Augusta driver after he complained of injury. He was arrested on the scene around midnight, authorities said.

Carr allegedly told police he was heading west on Childress Street when his 2009 Dodge Ram left the roadway, hitting the girl and house in the 700 block of Englewood Drive. The girl was in front of the residence talking on her cell phone when the incident occurred, a witness said to authorities.

The driver said he attempted to stop but couldn’t, according to police. After the wreck, Carr allegedly backed out of the yard, exited his vehicle and said, “My bad. Is she okay?”

His blood-alcohol level was not listed on any of the reports, but police said he admitted to being intoxicated.

Police said the front of the vehicle sustained extensive damage, but officials have not given a detailed description of the damage done to the Englewood Drive home.

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