Shortly before 6 a.m. on March 17, Luke was pulled over on Central Avenue and charged with driving left of center line, driving under the influence and driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration.
Three months later, Luke was charged with driving under the influence, failure to maintain lane and homicide by vehicle in a wreck that killed motorcyclist Hilton Alphonso Milton, 40, of Hephzibah.
Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said after being charged with a DUI, valid license-holders are able to drive legally for between 30 and 180 days, depending on the testing done at the scene.
Gay said if a driver submits to a Breathalyzer at the scene, or refuses all testing, his license still is valid for 30 days, or until he goes before a judge.
A driver who is brought to a hospital to draw fluids receives a 180-day permit in order to give law enforcement time to get the results from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab.
“Theoretically, someone could go before a judge in a matter of days and plead guilty and have their license taken away,” he said. However, in some cases, he said, the process can be lengthy and a driver could receive several DUIs before seeing a judge.
Luke was the second driver charged with a DUI in a deadly accident this weekend. Early Saturday, Lacie Doolittle, 21, of Wagener, was involved in a wreck that killed a 53-year-old Missisppi man. She is in Richmond County jail awaiting extradition to Aiken County.