A Forsyth County Grand Jury recently indicted a Cumming man on charges of serious injury by vehicle and driving under the influence dating to a December 2015 car crash with a Forsyth County deputy fire marshal.
Dwayne Travis Fulwider, who was 25 at the time of his arrest, was indicted on three counts of serious injury by vehicle, all felonies, two counts of driving under the influence and one count of reckless driving, all misdemeanor traffic violations.
The serious injury by vehicle counts include driving “while the accused’s alcohol concentration was .08 grams or more within three hours after such driving ended” and driving “in a reckless manner in a reckless disregard for the safety of person and property by driving too fast for conditions, leaving the roadway and striking a fixed object, including a fence,” according to the bill of indictment.
The victim, who holds the rank of captain, has been with the fire department for the last five years, though has worked for the county for the 24 years, Division Chief Jason Shivers said.
Around 5 p.m. on Dec. 28, 2015, Fulwider was driving a 1999 Mercedes C-class on Frix Road reportedly “at an excessive and reckless speed while intoxicated” when he lost control of the vehicle and crossed into the opposing lane of traffic, hitting the victim’s vehicle, according to an incident report.
The crash caused the victim’s “hand, wrist and foot [to be rendered] useless” and also damaged a wood fence, landscaping and a brick mailbox, the indictment said.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Specialist Unit, which is called when serious crashes occur, investigated the incident.
Fulwider has previously been found guilty of speeding, public drunkenness, and “driving in circular or zig-zag course — laying drag” in Forsyth County, all three separates incidents.
Forsyth County Superior Court Judge Philip C. Smith will preside over the case, for which no date has yet been set.