Alapaha DA, family injured in car wreck

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NASHVILLE — Authorities are investigating a Sunday head-on collision that injured Alapaha District Attorney Dick Perryman and his family.

Perryman serves the Alapaha Judicial Circuit, which incorporates Atkinson, Berrien, Clinch, Cook and Lanier counties.

At 1:30 a.m. Sunday, a Chevy Suburban was heading north on Ga. 135 in Berrien County near Bannockburn Road while another car, a Buick Enclave carrying the Perrymans, was heading south on Ga. 135, according to a Georgia State Patrol statement.. The driver of the Suburban crossed the center line and hit the front of the Buick, the statement said.

The Buick’s driver tried to swerve to the left to keep from hitting the Suburban but it was too late, the state patrol said. The Buick’s driver told troopers the Suburban did not have its lights on, according to the statement.

Aroldo Bravo-Perez, 30, of Willacoochee, the driver of the Suburban, is charged with driving under the influence, driving while unlicensed, suspended registration, failure to maintain lane and two counts serious injury by vehicle and no headlights, according to the state patrol statement.

District Attorney Perryman and another passenger were taken to Tift Regional Medical Center. Their conditions were not immediately available Monday. The female driver of the Buick did not contribute in any way to the accident, the state patrol said. The GSP did not release if she was injured in the incident.

Gov. Brian Kemp announced the accident on Twitter Sunday, calling on Georgians to pray for the family’s recovery.

Terry Richards is senior reporter at The Valdosta Daily Times.

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