Police: Man who caused Washington Road collision was under influence of prescription drugs

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The driver responsible for an accident that sent him and another driver to the hospital Sunday night will be charged with driving under the influence, police said.

About 9 p.m., Matthew Cooley, 21, was driving a Chevrolet Silverado west on Washington Road when he drifted across all four lanes and struck 19-year-old Alexandra Mayfield’s Toyota Camry, Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Robbie Silas said.

Mayfield had to be extricated from the vehicle, and she and Cooley were sent to Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Neither of their injuries were considered life-threatening.

Cooley will be charged with failure to maintain lane and driving under the influence of prescription drugs, Silas said.

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onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 01/23/12 - 07:43 am
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Gee, and just think, our

Gee, and just think, our taxpayer money is going to stop only welfare people from doing drugs, but it's ok for others to do, legal or illegal drugs and drive.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/23/12 - 08:28 am
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We have a drug problem....no

We have a drug problem....no doubt about it.

NickyG
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NickyG 01/23/12 - 08:49 am
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Poor Ali is in the hospital

Poor Ali is in the hospital O.R. right now having her first surgery on her leg. The first of three. Please THINK before you get behind the wheel. And please keep Alexandra and her family in your thoughts and hopes for a quick and easy recovery - at least as must as it can possibly be.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/23/12 - 09:12 am
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Nicky...I was wondering how

Nicky...I was wondering how severe her injuries were.....innocent people are always harmed with stupid decisions by others......like get in truck & drive while loaded with drugs..

David Parker
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David Parker 01/23/12 - 10:02 am
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Truly thankful that everyone

Truly thankful that everyone will survive. NOT WORTH IT. say it over and over and over if you need to people.

follower
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follower 01/23/12 - 03:50 pm
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onlysane said, "Gee, and just

onlysane said,
"Gee, and just think, our taxpayer money is going to stop only welfare people from doing drugs, but it's ok for others to do, legal or illegal drugs and drive"

It seems that his arrest for driving under the influence attest to the fact that it is NOT OK. It's frightening to think there is only 1 sane person left if this is their post.

star
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star 01/23/12 - 04:27 pm
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I drive Washington Rd.

I drive Washington Rd. everyday - as many people do - where (location)on Washington Rd. did this accident happen??

Lizbeth
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Lizbeth 01/23/12 - 04:37 pm
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We have a major PRESCRIPTION

We have a major PRESCRIPTION drug problem..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/23/12 - 04:43 pm
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Half the soccer moms in

Half the soccer moms in Columbia County drive around in SUV's jacked up on prescription drugs.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/23/12 - 05:09 pm
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No we don't have a major

No we don't have a major Prescription drug problem, we have a people problem. Most medication state plainly Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking medication. It's the self-centered "me" mentality that is the problem, not the drugs.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 01/23/12 - 05:47 pm
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Doctors hand them out like
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Doctors hand them out like candy to people they know are addicts. then also help them get disability when they can work and they all know it, just to guarantee that stead flow of income just for writing a script!!

crabby taxpayer
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crabby taxpayer 01/23/12 - 07:59 pm
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This young man should serve

This young man should serve some real jail time..Caused an accident while under the influence.. Not to mention the harm caused to the other driver.. There is a lack of personal responsibility on the part of this driver and the physician who prescribed the meds.. pain pills would be a guess... agree with GaStang22..

thewayitis
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thewayitis 01/23/12 - 11:43 pm
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That is true Riverman.

That is true Riverman. Remember, every action has a consequence. And even they will be held accountable.

invadergir
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invadergir 02/05/12 - 11:28 am
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"star" i can tell you exactly

"star" i can tell you exactly becuase im Ali's/ Alexandra's sister and this happened pretty much in front of the Augusta National

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