Rome man facing DUI charges after crashing into patrol vehicle and trooper in Rome Sunday night
A Georgia State Patrol trooper is recovering after being injured by a patrol car that was struck by a vehicle being driven by a drunk driver. GSP Trooper First Class Jeremy Battle was treated at a local hospital in Rome and released, according to reports. According to a crash report Sunday night Trooper Battle was in the process of investigating a crash that happened on U.S. 27 North near Three Mile Road and Berry College in Rome. One lane of traffic was blocked and blue lights on Battle’s patrol car were activated. According to the report Richard Anthony Faraone, 63, of a Rome address, approached the scene with his car straddling the lane divider. His vehicle then hit the patrol car and ran off the road. The patrol car was pushed into Battle and hit his right arm. Faraone was arrested by Georgia State Patrol SFC Gass who worked the crash. Faraone was being held in the Floyd County Jail Monday with a bond set at $6,500. He is being charged with DUI, failure to maintain a lane, following too closely, reckless driving and violation of the Georgia Move Over Law. Which was put into place in 2016, the law requires drivers to move over one lane if an emergency vehicle with flashing lights is parked on the side of a road. If it’s not possible to move over, the law requires drivers to slow down below the posted speed limit and be prepared to stop.