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Police: Driver caused 15 crashes, damage, death

Police say the 70-year-old male driver was drunk

The Associated Press

SNELLVILLE, Ga. — Police in the Atlanta area are blaming a motorist for causing 15 crashes that left one person dead and another critically injured.

Authorities say the pickup truck driver left a trail of wreckage on streets in two counties in northern Atlanta's suburbs before being apprehended after slamming into a restaurant in Snellville Wednesday night.

Police tell CBS Atlanta the man faces several charges including drunken driving, vehicular homicide, hit-and-run and reckless driving.

Gwinnett County police Cpl. Ed Ritter tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the man is suspected of causing five wrecks in DeKalb County and 10 more in Gwinnett County before the fatal accident near Snellville. In that crash, the female passenger of a car died at the scene and its driver was hospitalized in critical condition.

The suspect's name wasn't immediately released.

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