Donald Peter Else, 20, was arrested and charged with several traffic violations, as well as driving under the influence.
Corp. J.T. McMillan of the Georgia State Patrol said Else refused testing at the scene. Else was booked into Carroll County Jail Tuesday evening.
A female victim involved in the second crash was flown by helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center, where she was treated for a collapsed lung and broken ribs, among other injuries. The woman was in stable condition as of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, McMillan said.
Police suspect Else was under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs, which were found not in their original container in the suspect’s Dodge Ram 1500. Also found in the pickup truck was a half-empty bottle of whiskey, police said.
Else’s 21st birthday is today, McMillan said.
Else allegedly caused a wreck in Temple around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, before driving down Highway 113, where he allegedly caused another accident just north of West Hickory Level Road, McMillan said.
Leaving the scene of that accident with a flat tire, Else then turned onto West Hickory Level Road, where he crossed over the center line before crashing into a ditch, where he was found and arrested, McMillan said.
The state patrol has charged Else with 12 offenses. Temple Police Department will be charging him with more for the initial crash that occurred in Temple city limits, McMillan said.
A portion of Highway 113 was closed for close to an hour Tuesday, with officers and emergency personnel clearing debris on the roadway.