Originally created 10/14/06

Lawyer accused of DUI in wreck



Richmond County sheriff's deputies have arrested an Augusta lawyer who is charged with trying to flee from a minor wreck while drunk early Friday morning, police said.

Anson Andrew Adams, 27, of the 2800 block of Walton Way, was charged with hit-and-run, driving under the influence and reckless driving, according to an accident report.

According to the report, the incident happened at about 1 a.m. in the 2800 block of Washington Road in the parking lot of The Country Club.

Mr. Adams backed his 2001 Land Rover Discovery from a parking space and hit the right side of the 1999 Jeep Wrangler of Courtney B. Davis, 32, of Augusta.

After hitting Ms. Davis' Jeep, Mr. Adams sped south through the parking lot, the report states. Deputy Kevin W. Link spotted him and tried to stop him.

Deputy Link traveled west, while Mr. Adams headed north trying to leave the parking lot. Mr. Adams hit the left side of Deputy Link's Crown Victoria patrol car, causing it to spin out of control and hit a light pole head-on.

Deputy Link was taken to University Hospital for medical treatment. Ms. Davis was uninjured in the accident, the report states.

Deputies administered a breath alcohol test on Mr. Adams and obtained a blood alcohol level of .196. The legal limit in Georgia is .08.

Mr. Adams was booked into the jail at about 4 a.m., said Assistant Chief Jailer Capt. Gene Johnson. He was released on his own recognizance per Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet - for whom Mr. Adams once served as a legal assistant - at 7:23 a.m.

Judge Overstreet did not immediately return messages Friday left at his office or home.

Capt. Johnson said Mr. Adams had no record, and qualified to be released on his own recognizance.

The captain said with jail overcrowding, officials try to move people out as fast as possible if they're eligible for bond.

Mr. Adams is a lawyer at Fulcher Hagler LLP, 1 10th St., according to the State Bar of Georgia's online directory. He was admitted to the bar in May.

Reach Jeremy Craig at (706) 823-3409 or jeremy.craig@augustachronicle.com.