The quick-thinking response of local law enforcement prevented a Flowery Branch woman from being the victim of a possible traffic fatality last week.
Three Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies and two Oakwood police officers helped Denise Marie Inman of Flowery Branch escape a fiery crash Thursday night, authorities said Monday.
Cpl. Ryan Provost, Deputy Charles Wallace and Deputy Mark Mason, and Officers Jason Crowder and Officer Jeff Scott responded.
Inman, 52, crashed a 1998 Buick Century around 11:45 p.m. Thursday on McEver Road near Allen Road, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
Inman was driving south on McEver when the car left the road, hit a school warning sign and then a tree, according to the state patrol. When the car hit the tree, the engine compartment caught fire.
The deputies and Oakwood officer kept the flames down with their fire extinguishers until a fire engine arrived, said Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks, spokesman for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.
“The only thing going through my mind was to keep the flames off of the passenger,” Provost said.
Once the fire fighters were on the scene, the deputies manned a fire hose from the engine.
Provost said that while he was neither trained to use the hose, nor had he used one before, it was an instinctual move to help protect the fire fighters.
Once Inman was freed from the car, fire fighters took over extinguishing the rest of the flames, he said.
She was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for treatment and has been released.
Inman was charged with failing to maintain lane, seat-belt violation and driving under the influence, according to Georgia State Patrol.