2 hurt in Smith Store Road one-vehicle crash; driver faces DUI charges

COVINGTON -- A one-vehicle crashed snarled traffic on Smith Store Road Monday afternoon and injured the driver and his passenger.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, the crash occurred around 2:40 p.m. The driver, Jon Douglas Fambrough, 52, of Covington was flown by air ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center where he was treated and released.

He was then taken to the Newton County Detention Center and charged with DUI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, passing in a no-passing zone and seat belt violation.

His 47-year-old passenger, also from Covington, was taken by Newton Medical Center EMS to Atlanta Medical for treatment.

" ... (Fambrough) was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro eastbound on Smith Store Road near Heritage Way when he attempted to pass another vehicle on a double yellow line," said GSP spokesman Gordy Wright. "The driver lost control, crossed both lanes of travel, left the roadway, struck a culvert and then a tree. The vehicle became airborne and struck another cluster of trees before coming to a final rest upright."

Wright said Fambrough was trapped and had to be extricated before being flown to Atlanta Medical.

The passenger, though injured, was wearing a seat belt.


Frustrated 2 years, 8 months ago

Maybe now NCSO will try to do something about the speeding on Smith Store Rd. People drive way too fast on that road. Yes I read he was passing in a no passing zone, but sounds like speed will be a contributing factor as well.


John 2 years, 8 months ago

I basically agree with what you have stated with one exception. Speeding in Newton County is not confined to Smith Store, it is every where - in subdivision where ther are no sidewalks, on 278, 36, Hwy 11, 142 adn so on. The Sherriffs office is limited in too ways - funding for addition deputies - budget allocations & cuts are not set by the Sheriff,. The Sheriff gets what the Chair & Commissions approve - I'm certain the Sheriff has a bigger wish list than what is approved. Secondly, the Sheriff deputies assigned to traffic enforce are last time I checked was four for all of Newton County (less than 1 per commisoner district), NC covers a lot of square miles - 4 deputies is like spitting in the wind. Sheriff deputies cannot sit and run speed radar like Police & GSP are able to do - except on one road - sounds like someone got a favor long ago to me. The only law enforcement that is allowed by law to issue a traffic citation for 1 mph over the posted limit is a GSP patrolman. Officers and deputies cannot not issue a citation unless the driver is going over 10 mph over the posted limit. Until funding (might mean property tax increases or reduced spending on non essential projects (CNF projects, new schools, Cow Palaces, etc. etc.) or attracting new large businesses that start paying taxes immediately vs down the road and laws are changed to bust (with stiffer fines & penalties )those that think traffic laws & regulations are mere suggestions not much will or can be changed to "Protect & Serve" the majority of the law abiding/tax paying public from these violators. Push your Commisioner to "git 'er dun" - don't let him/her sleep they are not to be on a "paid for vacation" - "Silence is not always Golden". Just my thoughts on the matter.


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