Driver of semi charged with DUI

by WES MAYER

A tractor-trailer truck driver was arrested Saturday after he was reported to be driving recklessly and discovered to be heavily under the influence of alcohol.

According to Coweta County Sheriff’s Officer Lt. Col. James Yarbrough, motorists reported a LKQ Evans semi-truck driver weaving in and out of lanes heading north on Interstate 85 around mile marker 47. When Coweta deputies pulled up behind the truck, the driver, Michael Sanford Murray, 52, pulled off exit 51.

When deputies approached Murray, they smelled a strong odor of alcohol and asked him to step out of the cab, Yarbrough said. Murray refused to take a field sobriety or any additional tests and was arrested for driving under the influence. 

After searching the vehicle, deputies discovered two small bags of a leafy substance presumed to be marijuana, a clear plastic bag filled with a powdery substance determined to be cocaine, and a small pill bottle with a small amount of what deputies believed was heroin. According to Yarbrough, 19 empty beer cans also littered the floor of the cab.

“This guy did not need to be driving on the interstate,” Yarbrough said.

Murray was charged with driving under the influence, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving, a misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and two felony charges for possession of cocaine and possession of heroin.




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