Columbus man charged with DUI in accident critically injuring son appears in court

Published: May. 2, 2023 at 8:00 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2023 at 9:20 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - A father whose reckless driving ended with his toddler son being wheelchair-bound appeared before a Muscogee County judge for multiple crimes, including driving under the influence.

According to officials, 29-year-old Jamaris Snipes was arrested for the following crimes in a single-vehicle wreck in south Columbus,

  • Serious injury by vehicle (felony)
  • Driving under the influence
  • Reckless driving
  • Child restraint
  • Safety belt
  • Failure to maintain lane
  • Laying drag
  • Speeding

Snipes’s four-year-old son was in the car with him when the Mustang he was driving lost control and hit a tree. The accident happened near Kings Mountain Court on the evening of May 2.

According to Motor Squad investigators, the child was not in a car seat at the time of the incident, causing him to be ejected from the vehicle and resulting in a spinal cord injury.

Snipes’ lawyer says his client would never intentionally harm his child.

“He loves this little boy, it breaks his heart that this happened. He was crying in my office, you know, he regrets it.”