A Murrayville man had numerous people come to his aid Thursday afternoon after flipping his red Nissan pickup truck on its side while allegedly driving drunk in Clermont, authorities said.
Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class Jonathan Munger said Jonathan David Sarbon, 40, had between 15 and 20 citizens attempting to hold the vehicle off Sarbon at the scene on Ga. 52, just west of Kenimer Road. The call came in about 3:15 p.m. Thursday of an entrapped driver.
Munger said Sarbon was drinking a fifth of vodka while authorities attempted to extricate him from the vehicle. Sarbon was arrested and faces charges of DUI, open container, false name to law enforcement officer, failure to maintain lane and failure to produce license upon demand, the trooper said.
Munger said Sarbon admitted to being “highly intoxicated” and “said he started drinking early this morning” before the one-vehicle wreck. The trooper added that Sarbon gave a false name.
Sarbon was “combative while being placed under arrest and made numerous statements of wanting to commit suicide,” Munger said.
Sarbon was driving westbound on Ga. 52, ran off the left shoulder while negotiating a curve, overcorrected and traveled off the right shoulder, Munger said. The truck struck an embankment and overturned.
Sarbon’s injuries were minimal, according to authorities, and he was admitted to Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville for evaluation.
Hall County Fire Services and the Hall County Sheriff’s office joined GSP in responding to the scene.
Munger said in seven years of experience that he had never seen so many citizens attempting to keep a vehicle off a driver.