GEORGIA: Christmas Eve DUI crash in Brookhaven- sent 12 people to hospital in 5 -car wreck caused by Ottoniel Gomez-Moralez

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. — Brookhaven Police on Friday identified a man they said was responsible for causing a five-car, 12-injury wreck on Christmas Eve while drunk driving.

The department said 30-year-old Ottoniel Gomez-Moralez had been transported to a hospital for evaluation after being caught. He will be taken to the DeKalb County Jail once he is discharged. MORE


DECEMBER 24, 2020: Twas the night before Christmas and… a drunk driver ruined the fun for everyone .

Earlier this afternoon a DUI driver committed a hit and run at the intersection of Buford Highway and North Druid Hills Road. He fled through a parking lot where he struck several more vehicles. The drunk driver then fled north on Buford Highway until one of his wheels fell off, causing him to lose control and spin into oncoming traffic.

The resulting crash involved five other vehicles and injured 12 people, five of whom were transported to area hospitals. The grinch who started it all was arrested on multiple traffic offenses. He was also found to be wanted for aggravated assault by another metro agency.

All puns aside: this whole series of events was entirely preventable, but for the selfish and dangerous decision of one person to drive drunk. Even on the holidays, your Brookhaven Police officers are out looking for impaired drivers. Please, have a plan before you drink to call a friend, a cab, or a rideshare. If you drive drunk, you could go to jail, lose your license, face huge fines and legal fees – or injure or kill an innocent person.