Newton County man charged with threatening deputy after I-20 wreck

CONYERS — A Newton County man who allegedly caused a serious accident on Interstate 20 last week has been charged with DUI and threatening to kill a responding deputy.

According to witnesses at the scene, Steven Eugene Daransky, 48, had been driving his Pontiac Bonneville erratically, swerving in and out of traffic, as he traveled westbound on Interstate 20 on the afternoon of Sept. 10, the incident report states.

Just as a Mazda pickup truck entered the interstate from Sigman Road, Daransky allegedly swerved across multiple lanes of traffic, striking the left rear of the pickup and causing it to flip several times from the interstate and into the grass of the roadway.

The female driver of the pickup truck was airlifted to an Atlanta hospital where she was treated for head injuries, said Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Michael Camp.

After impact, Daransky’s vehicle came to a rest off the roadway and did not appear to have any damage, the report states.

“(A witness) saw a white male exit the vehicle and began to throw what appeared to be beer bottles into the woods,” reported RCSO Deputy Jeremy Best.

Lt. Thomas Brewer, who had also arrived on the scene, approached Daransky and reported detecting the odor of alcohol. Daransky told Brewer that he had only drunk one beer about four hours earlier, but that he “was bipolar, a diabetic and currently taking Xanax,” the report states.

Brewer then administered a series of field sobriety tests. Daransky repeatedly told Brewer that he was on Xanax, which was why he was having difficulty with the sobriety tests, but insisted he was not at fault for the accident, according to the report.

After registering a roadside .101 blood alcohol count, Daransky was transported to Rockdale Medical Center for a blood test.

While at the hospital, Daransky reportedly overheard Lt. Brewer and Deputy Best discuss the incident and apparently became angry.

“He began cussing and screaming “f—-” every other word,” Brewer reported. “I told him to calm down and he began cussing me, saying that I was lying and that he would only be in jail 48 hours and then he would find me.”

Daransky also pointed out to Brewer that he had already spent time in state prison and was a convicted felon, according to the report.

Brewer moved away from Daransky into the hallway, but it did not seem to help him calm down and he continued to threaten Lt. Brewer, the report stated.

“I clearly heard him say, ‘When I get out of jail, I’m going to go home, get my gun, hunt that (expletive) down and kill him,’” Brewer reported.

Brewer told Daransky that he had bigger problems than some traffic charges.

Daransky, whose address is listed as 1522 Cannon Farm Road in Oxford, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, reckless driving, aggressive driving, open container, failure to maintain lane and making terroristic threats.