On Thursday a Gwinnett County police officer was charged with driving under the influence ( DUI ). A Georgia State Trooper arrested Gwinnett Officer Douglas Mattox following a motor ehcile accident in Loganville. Mattox, age 50, was arrestd for DUI and following too closely. Mattox was driving a vehicle owned by Gwinnett County and the time of the accident and arrest. According to reports, he is accused of rear ending another vehicle which, in turn, rear ended a vehicle ahead of it. The State Trooper who responded to the scene suspected that Officer Mattox was driving under the influence of prescription drugs according to reports. The Trooper elected to have the Officer submit to a blood test. Officer Mattox consented to the state administered chemical test and the blood test results are pending from the crime lab. Officer Mattox resigned from the Gwinnett County police force on Friday.
While Gwinnett DUI arrests based on alcohol or illegal drugs like marijuana are common, more and more DUI arrests are for when people are driving under the influence of their legally prescribed medications. This is scary as so many people take regular medications. These cases are winnable. If you need help with a DUI case or related issue, call Gwinnett County DUI lawyer Richard Lawson to discuss how to get the best outcome for your DUI case.