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Cops say DUI soldier drives through Gum Branch cemetery, damaging gravesites
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A Fort Stewart soldier is charged with DUI and reckless driving after he drove off a road and into Gum Branch Baptist Cemetery on Friday night

The soldier, Staff Sgt. Keith Carter, 33, drove his car off the road at the intersection of Highway 196 and John Wells Road around 7 p.m. and had been speeding, according to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Markus White.

Carter wasn't injured, but his car knocked down a power pole before plowing through the cemetery, damaging at least five gravesites. Several headstones had also been knocked down and were strewn around the cemetery.

White said police were warned to be on the lookout for the car – a 2014 Dodge Challenger  -- about 15 minutes prior to the accident.

White said Carter admitted to texting while driving as well. He could face additional charges, according to the GSP.

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