• Trooper hit by drunk driver while directing traffic, authorities say

    By: Berndt Petersen


    FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. - A Georgia State Patrol officer was hit and injured by a drunken driver in Forsyth County, authorities said.

    The Georgia Department of Public Safety said Trooper Aaron DeGourville, 35, was directing traffic Monday morning along Matt Highway in Cumming.

    A Georgia State Patrol trooper was injured by an alleged drunk driver in Forsyth County.
    Georgia Dept. of Public Safety

    Officials said DeGourville was hit by a BMW driven by David Sommer, 44, of Cumming. Sommer was arrested and charged with DUI and reckless driving, among other charges.

    DeGourville underwent surgery for a broken leg.


    Channel 2’s Berndt Petersen learned Sommer worked for the Forsyth County Water and Sewer Department. Officials say in the 1990s, he was a county deputy.

    “The county’s Personnel Services Department has requested a copy of the police report related to the arrest,” county spokeswoman Jodi Gardner said.

    Sommer was not driving a county truck at the time of the accident. He sent a letter of resignation Tuesday, which Gardner said is effective immediately.

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