Driver charged with DUI in Mike Padgett wreck

One person was sent to the hospital after a two-car collision Wednesday afternoon.

Julie Bowen, 53, of Augusta, was driving a Toyota SUV north in the 3900 block of Mike Padgett Highway when she drifted into the southbound lane, hitting a black Jeep Cherokee, Richmond County sheriff’s Deputy Alan Alspaugh said.

Bowen was charged with driving under the influence and driving on the wrong side of the road, Alspaugh said. She was not seriously injured and refused medical treatment.

The driver of the Jeep, Gary Bodie, of Augusta, was taken to University Hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Alspaugh said.

The wreck happened about 4:30 p.m. Traffic on Mike Padgett Highway was slowed for about an hour.

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