Jeffrey Malcolm Carson, 40, was arrested at his residence on Barrier Road in Marietta Sept. 19 on multiple misdemeanor charges including striking a fixed object, failing to report an accident, endangering a child by driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving under the influence of alcohol.
He was released that same day on a $10,000 bond.
According to the warrant, Carson hit a fence at Mountain View Elementary off Sandy Plains Road in northeast Marietta and did not report the incident sometime around 7:40 a.m. last Wednesday.
“He did continue driving his 2007 Toyota Pre Runner with a flat tire and busted wheel from Mountain View Elementary to his residence (about four miles from the school),” the warrant states, adding that Carson’s 6-year-old daughter was in the car with him while he was driving under the influence.
“A chemical breath test indicated an alcohol concentration of .220 grams,” the warrant continues. The legal limit in Georgia is .08 grams.
Jay Dillon, a spokesman for Cobb Schools, said Carson was dropping his daughter off at school when he hit the fence and that the child was not injured during the incident.
“In this case, when he hit the fence with his truck, the assistant principal went out to see what was going on,” Dillon said. “She immediately noticed something was not right with (Carson’s) behavior. She wrote down his license plate number and told him she was going inside to call Public Safety to ask for their assistance. He immediately accelerated away, causing more damage to his truck and the fence. Police were able to track him down at his residence a short time later.”
Dillon said the district was not aware of Carson ever bringing his child to school intoxicated prior to last week, nor had they had any problems with him at the school before.
Sgt. Dana Pierce with Cobb Police said there were no other injuries reported during the series of incidents and that Carson was arrested without incident.
Additionally, he said the child has been placed in the custody of Carson’s sister.