Former Cornelia city employee charged with DUI after allegedly stealing, wrecking public works trucks

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A Cornelia City employee is out of a job after allegedly stealing and crashing two public works trucks over the weekend.

The Georgia State Patrol says 25-year-old Casey Foster of Clarkesville was driving one truck and hauling another when he wrecked in the rain on GA 105/US 441 Business near the Ethicon plant in Cornelia.

The accident happened around 7:20 a.m. on March 21.

Foster was using a public works truck to haul the second unoccupied truck with a tow chain. The State Patrol reports he was in the southbound lane “traveling too fast for the wet conditions” and driving in a “reckless manner” when the towed vehicle began to rotate.

The truck Foster was driving separated from the other truck, traveled down an embankment, and overturned. The vehicle that was being towed came to an uncontrolled rest on the roadside.

Foster was not injured in the wreck, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Cornelia Police charged Foster with two counts of theft by taking a motor vehicle, two counts of interference with government property, and second-degree burglary, according to Police Chief Chad Smith.

The Georgia State Patrol charged Foster with DUI, reckless driving, and failure to maintain lane.

Cornelia City Manager Dee Anderson says the city is now waiting on its insurance company to assess the extent of the damage to the publicly-owned vehicles. He adds, “Mr. Foster was employed with the city at the time of the incident but he is no longer.” 

This article has been updated to include GSP charges

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