Two Soldiers Charged With Driving Under The Influence Have Been IdentifiedStory by Lewis Levine Edited by Lawrence Dorsey
Two soldiers involved in a single vehicle accident which struck a Walthourville residence Saturday night haven been identified as Israel Jurado, 19 and Colby Loveday, 20.
According to Georgia State Patrol Trooper, Markus White, Jurado is alleged to have been driving a 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 on Sheila Drive when he crossed several lawns striking a brick mailbox and eventually hitting a home on 83 Sheila Drive damaging the exterior as well as the inside. Jurado is alleged to have exited the vehicle and flee to a residence where he was later picked up by deputies of the Liberty County Sheriffs Office. Allegedly Loveday who was in the passenger seat jumped into the drivers seat and attempted to drive off. Loveday was unable to move the vehicle because the impact damaged a front wheel rendering the vehicle immovable. Loveday was arrested at the scene. White said both men are charged with DUI because Jurado allegedly was the driver who caused the accident and Loveday attempted to drive the vehicle while allegedly being intoxicated. Both soldiers are facing other charges. They were taken to the Liberty Country Jail in Hinesville where according to White they were released to their chain of command on Fort Stewart. Steven Brown who lives on Shelia Drive and was driving behind the vehicle at the time of the accident said he watched as the vehicle veered onto the lawns accelerate hit the mailbox and continue on till it struck the residence said he was shocked by what he saw. “I thought to myself either the driver fell asleep or was drunk.” Brown said he was relieved to learn no one was injured in the accident.
The homeowner who declined to be identified said she was laying in bed at the time and initially thought a small plane had fallen on the home she has lived in for 17 years. “It just shook the whole house.”