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Deputy injured by suspected DUI driver is identified
deputy wreck
Courtesy Forsyth County Sheriffs Office

FORSYTH COUNTY - More details have been released on the Saturday morning wreck that sent a Forsyth County deputy to the hospital.  

According to the sheriff's office, the deputy, identified as Deputy First Class Rod Reeves was sitting in his patrol car along the shoulder of Ga. 400 north of exit 12 working what they called "traffic enforcement" when his car was hit from behind.  

The impact of the other vehicle, a 2005 Ford Expedition, pushed the trunk nearly into the back seat of the cruiser, and left DFC Reeves trapped in his patrol car with what officials describe as very serious and significant injuries. After being freed from his car by firefighters, Reeves was airlifted to an area hospital.    

A press release from the Sheriff's Office says the other driver, identified as 27 year old Aaron Riley Russell is suspected of being under the influence at the time of the crash.  They say Russell's license had already been revoked and suspended under Georgia's Habitual Violator law.  Russell was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.  

The wreck left 400 northbound closed between Exits 12 and 13 for most of the night, re-opening just before 7 a.m..   The Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team, or SCRT is investigating the wreck.