A North Carolina man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving under the influence after a hit-and-run collision with a Banks County Sheriff’s Office patrol car on Interstate 85 near Homer.
Deputy Sheriff Jason Layfield was conducting speed patrols in the median near exit 154 when a flatbed semi-truck veered from the southbound lanes, striking the front end of the officer’s car.
The car then ricocheted into Layfield, who was thrown several feet from the initial crash site.
“He saw it coming toward him,” said Banks County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Carissa McFaddin. “He tried to get out of the way.”
Layfield was transported to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center and treated for severe sprains, massive bruising and abrasions, according to McFaddin, but suffered no broken bones or internal injuries. He was released Monday morning.
The truck driver, Gary Lynn Patterson, 32, of China Grove, N.C., allegedly left the scene, according to McFaddin, and was later found at the Travelers Center of America, off exit 149, by the Georgia State Patrol.
“They happened upon (the truck) in that parking lot,” McFaddin said.
Patterson has been charged with DUI drugs, serious injury by vehicle, striking a fixed object, failure to maintain lane, failure to report accident with injury, following too closely and hit-and-run leaving the scene of an accident.
He had not posted bail as of mid-afternoon Monday.