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State trooper seriously injured after being struck by vehicle
Driver arrested for alleged DUI is county worker
David Sommer

A Georgia State Patrol trooper suffered at least one broken leg after a Cumming man who was allegedly driving drunk struck him with his vehicle on Matt Highway (Hwy. 369) Monday morning, according to a GSP spokeswoman.

Around 6:30 a.m. Monday, Trooper Aaron Degourville was directing traffic on Hwy. 369, west of Bannister Road in north Forsyth when David Michael Sommer, 44, who was driving a 2003 BMW 325, struck Degourville with his vehicle, according to GSP spokeswoman Robin Stone.

“The Georgia trooper was in the eastbound lane directing traffic while wearing his reflective traffic vest [when] the eastbound BMW struck the trooper, which resulted in serious injuries,” she said. “The driver of the BMW was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.”

Sommer, a meter reader for Forsyth County Water and Sewer Department, has worked for the county since October 2014, according to Jodi Gardner, spokeswoman for the county.

She said the county does not currently have a statement regarding Sommer’s arrest.

Degourville was transported to a local hospital, though it was not immediately known which one.

Sommer was taken to the Forsyth County Jail, where he is currently being booked, according to Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.