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Man arrested for DUI, serious injury by vehicle after hit and run
Man fled scene on foot after collision
I-Hit and run- Nettles MUG
Matthew James Nettles. - photo by For the Dawson County News

A Dawsonville man was arrested last week on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident on foot after a collision on Hwy. 9 South near Jenkins Road.

According to a Georgia State Patrol report, Matthew James Nettles, 21, of Dawsonville, was driving a 2007 Cadillac CTS south on Hwy. 9 around 12:45 a.m. July 22.

Ruben Romero, 41, also of Dawsonville, was driving a 2008 Chrysler 300 north on Hwy. 9 at the same time.

According to the report, Nettles lost control of his vehicle and his vehicle went into the northbound lane and was struck on the passenger side rear fender by Rumero's vehicle.

After impact, Rumero's vehicle came to an uncontrolled final rest facing northwest on the shoulder of the road, the report reads. Nettle's vehicle came to an uncontrolled final rest facing north in a driveway.

Nettle fled the scene on foot and was later taken into custody without incident, according to Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson.

Along with charges of DUI, reckless driving, hit and run, open container violation and failure to maintain lane, all misdemeanor charges, Nettles was also charged with four counts of serious injury by motor vehicle, felony charges.

Rumero and four passengers in his vehicle, females aged 5, 11, 17 and 42, were injured in the accident.

Rumero was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to Dawson County Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford.

The two adult passengers were also transported to NGMC and the two children were transported to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Swafford said. Their injuries varied from stable to serious.

Nettles was also transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

He is currently being held at the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center on $42,444 bond.