NORTH FORSYTH — A man from Buford has been charged with driving under the influence in a hit-and-run, wrong-way two-vehicle wreck that injured a 19-year-old woman in north Forsyth.
John David Keasler, 27, reportedly walked off before being detained “moments later” in connection with the head-on collision that occurred about 10 p.m. March 12 on Ga. 400 near Sky Ridge Way and Jot Em Down Road.
The charges against him include serious injury by vehicle and hit and run, both felonies, and misdemeanor DUI, reckless driving, lane violation and possession of open alcohol container.
As of Thursday, he remained in the Forsyth County Jail on a $17,435 bond.
According to an incident report, Keasler turned left onto Ga. 400 from Jot Em Down, and drove south in the northbound lanes, leading to the collision between his vehicle, a 1993 Ford Explorer, and that of the other driver, a woman from Dahlonega.
She was taken to North Fulton Hospital with a fractured arm and concussion, the report said.
Keasler reportedly admitted to being the driver in the crash and to walking away from the scene after initially denying any involvement.
During a search of his vehicle, Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies found an open bottle of beer “lying next to the vehicle, along with his cell phone,” which had both apparently went through an open window when the vehicle overturned.